Sunday, January 3, 2010

Batman Unit

One of the longest surviving comics and superheroes is Batman, who has experienced a renaissance because of a numbers of fine films based on the character.

The primary graphic novels for studying Batman and the mythology surrounding him include the following:

Batman: Year One

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again

Two of the more recent and highly acclaimed film versions are Batman Begins and The Dark Knight

An outstanding resource for preparing to teach or studying the Batman myth is Batman and Philosophy.

A unit focusing on Batman can explore a numbers of topics, including:

• The search for identity and the duplicity of identity (as in the masking of the hero).

• Morality and ethics in the pursuit of Self and Justice.

• The embodiments of good and evil.

• Social and individual corruption—the basic nature of humans.

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