My Pop-Pop introduced me to Batman when I was about five. The first Batman book that made me look at the Dark Knight in a different light was "Batman: The Ultimate Guide to the Dark Knight" by Batman creator Bob Kane. This book explored the many aspects and story lines of Batman and I started to become inspired by his determination, will power, strength morals and desire to do good.
Though I enjoy reading or learning about most super heroes, I find that I enjoy Batman the most. Batman is the most popular super hero, along with Superman, but possesses one trait that others do not. Unlike his counterparts, he did not receive any superhuman powers through an accident, a chemical spill, toxic or radioactive waste, living on another planet of some other force. Batman is a human being with near superhuman characteristics.
Batman resulted from a spiritual journey that lead his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, to use the adversity in his life and hone his mind and body to defeat crime and make the world a better place. After witnessing the murder of his parents as a child, Bruce Wayne was able to use his family's wealth to help him gather the tools to become Batman. More importantly, he worked on his mind, body and soul to become a crime-fighting hero.
The idea of a mortal man becoming a crime fighter with great strength is one reason that Batman has remained popular since he was first created in 1939. Jenette Kahn, DC Comics editor-in-chief, said "Batman is an ordinary mortal who made himself a superhero...Through discipline and determination and commitment, he made himself into the best. I always thought that I could be anything I wanted to be." Also, Batman artist Neal Adams, who I met, commented that "Batman is the only superhero who is not a superhero. He has no powers....He's a human being bent on a mission."
Personally, my inspiration comes from Batman's spirituality, determination and how he faced adversity and made his life better. Batman also made life for everyone around him better by defending them while fighting crime. Because I have a physical disability, I feel a strong connection to Batman and the lessons of Batman because I appreciate and admire his positive attitude, his desire for goodness and how he has taught me that discipline can be rewarded. I feel that I can learn from Batman and achieve success and greatness in life.
After reading "Batman: The Ultimate Guide to the Dark Knight," I began to research and read other books on the psychology, morals and history of Batman to understand and appreciate how complex he is. My next book I will read is "Becoming Batman," by E. Paul Zehr, a college professor, biomedical research scholar and a master in martial arts. This book explains if it is possible to physically become Batman. I hope I can learn a few tricks.