The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture

The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture


A witty, clever cultural heritage from NPR ebook critic Glen Weldon explains Batman’s rises and falls in the course of the ages—and what his tale tells us approximately ourselves.

Since his production, Batman has been many stuff: a two-fisted detective; a planet-hopping gadabout; a campy Pop-art sensation; a pointy-eared grasp secret agent; and a grim and gritty ninja of the city evening. For greater than 3 quarters of a century, he has cycled from a determine of darkness to 1 of lightness and again back; he’s a bat-shaped Rorschach inkblot who takes at the a number of meanings our altering tradition tasks onto him. How we understand Batman’s personality, no matter if he’s offering dire threats in a raspy Christian Bale growl or buying and selling blithely homoerotic double-entendres with associate Robin at the comics web page, speaks to who we're and the way we want to be noticeable through the realm. It’s this perpetually mutable caliber that has made him so enduring.

And it’s Batman’s basic nerdiness—his contraptions, his obsession, his oath, even his loss of superpowers—that uniquely resonates together with his lovers who consider a fiercely protecting love for the nature. this present day, fueled by means of the net, that breed of ardour for parts of pop culture is far and wide. that is what makes Batman the correct lens in which to appreciate geek tradition, its present recognition, and social significance.

In The Caped Crusade, with humor and perception, Glen Weldon, ebook critic for NPR and writer of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, lays out Batman’s seventy-eight-year cultural historical past and exhibits how he has helped make us who we're at the present time and why his legacy continues to be so robust.

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