PhD and tenure aside, Dr. Travis Langley is incredibly easy to talk to. No doubt, his years of teaching Psychology at Henderson University (a liberal arts university in Arkansas) have taught him to be patient with overeager psych nerds, like me. It’s not just his patience that puts you at ease, it’s also own eagerness and excitement for the subject. Dr. Langley is the Batman Psychologist. This is not just a self-professed title; Besides the recent release of Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knighthe just wrapped up teaching a course about the psychology of Batman at Henderson. The book evaluates the inner psyche of Batman, applying different psychological theories to Batman’s intensely traumatic life. Before I launched into my questions about the book, though, I had to ask Dr. Langley about his class on Batman. Specifically, how did he convince the psychology department at Henderson to let him teach a class about Batman?!
Dr. Langley: You know how in a math class you might have an example, “This train is moving at this speed, and that train is moving at that speed…” Well, for somebody who loves trains, why not have an entire course on the math of trains? They could learn all the math more easily if it’s full of examples they appreciate. With Batman, it’s using psychology to teach Batman, and Batman to teach psychology. And it works out really well. And it’s got a mix of students, from those who know Batman really well to those who didn’t know him any better than average. But, they were the students who were interested enough to take the class. And they all reported that they got a lot out of it. They get close, too, because a bunch of these are students who…they have to be guarded in a lot of ways. You don’t go out in your other classes and just announce your nerdy interests. But in a class called Batman, there’s nothing too nerdy to talk about in there. (more…)
As I mentioned yesterday, with the fan-made Tron 3 trailer, fans love making up what they would like to see on the screen. But that is not all they love to do.
Some fans like creating trailers for movies that don’t even exist, but play off existing characters. And this one, in particular, really interested me.
YouTube user themanbatman created a trailer showcasing the world of Batman in the vein of a psychological thriller entitled “The Batman Complex”that mashes up clips from the Christian Bale series of Batman movies, The Machinists and Inception.
It poses the questions: What if Batman wasn’t real? What if it was all in Bruce Wayne‘s head? And what if he could be saved?
It is really well done and rather thought provoking.
Here’s what the creator wrote about it:
… the gist of the idea revolves around a few fun topics, mainly the whole “what is real?” train of thought, and also every fans desire, deep down or upfront, to be Batman at least once in their lives. LOL. And so, I tried to craft a story where we see what happens when someone takes their dream of being Batman a little bit too far. An idea, after all, is a truly resilient parasite. 😉
I’ll let you guys draw conclusions about the rest … but I do intend for it to eventually house two theatrical trailers, and maybe a few TV spots. I have to admit, it’s been fun doing something different (this type of trailer is REALLY different compared to what I’ve done before), and I look forward to doing more when I get the chance.
If you think about it, from a real-world context, it could make sense. How else could a man transform into a winged vigilante who becomes a hero and defeats the evils that plague society?
Okay, a little more elaboration is in order, I suppose. In Psychiatry Research, a paper will be published that postulates that Darth Vader had borderline personality disorder. The follow-up paper will suggest that water is wet.
I dunno about you, but this seems to me like the cats at Psychiatry Research wanted to goose their circulation numbers, so they’re publishing bona fide nerdbait.
Skywalker hit six out of the nine borderline personality disorder criteria as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV). He only needed to meet five criteria to qualify as suffering from the disorder.
Maybe they should take a look at Batman or those tinfoil-hat kookydoodles next. Or my brother.