“It’s an opportunity, really, just to look at how Batman, this almost 80-year old icon has really grown up with 20th century America,” explained Leyva. “He has been there for all of these technological changes, for changes in mass media, for changes in pop culture. And in some ways, he’s a cultural touchstone that I think is worthy of deep academic study. And I think ultimately, just a fun place to practice critical thinking and critical writing.”
What’s on the Bat-syllabus? A steady course of some of the Caped Crusaders greatest hits, including the ’60s TV series starring Adam West, all of the big screen Batmen, and of course, Batman: The Animated Series. Unlike some comic book creations, Batman doesn’t just change with the times; he changes with the creators and is a uniquely malleable character who can be interpreted through many different perspectives.
Leyva told us that he will also dive into “Death in the Family,” the controversial Batman story that gave fans control over whether Jason Todd’s Robin lived or died. Leyva also warned potential students that they won’t simply be able to coast through the course. This is going to be a challenging class, even for those who are well-versed in their Batman-ology.
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