Becoming Batman is an examination of a superhero. In writing this book--the first in a series of related books--I was trying to answer a simple question: Is it actually possible for any human to attain the skills and abilities of Batman?
Batman is the perfect superhero about whom to ask this question as there is nothing supernatural about his abilities. He is a man in disguise, with powers that seem within reach. But are they? Because I am a professor who studies the control of movement, my lifelong passions place me in an expert position to attempt to search out and answer questions relating to the feasibility of a real-life superhero like Batman.
My main motivation behind writing the book was my passion for the popularization of science. I think scientist like me must try to translate our knowledge into forms that are interesting and accessible to the general public. I have a background in kinesiology and neuroscience, many years training in martial arts and an interest in comic books. Batman is the most highly trained and skilled martial arts in the “DC Universe” and he is also into science. So, I decided to write something about how the body works and responds to training using Batman as the metaphor for ultimate performance. A key thing about Batman’s main mystique is that he is a human being who is “self made”. This makes it seem that it might really be possible for Batman to exist. So, I decided to explore and examine the actual scientific background and basis for this—and challenging it in some cases as you can read!