"...if there's one thing that has influenced the new stuff, the "Batman, Inc." stuff, it's a book called "Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero," which is written by E. Paul Zehr. It's a guy who is a doctor, and looking into the actual possibility of Batman and what it would take to be that person in real life...it's really quite fascinating, this idea of the real facts behind it. So I've been looking at that...this kind of physical reality of Batman -- that's really playing into Batman's continuity build-up." Grant Morrison, from interview at www.comicsalliance.com


"...His writing is witty and informative, striking an appropriate balance between a pure scientific discourse and ample explanations to keep lesser trained readers intrigued." --Steven King, The Pilot, Pinehurst, North Carolina

"...Becoming Batman is your next step to supercool......Zehr's book makes a perfect gift that isn't a tie for your boyfriend or brother. I have three (brothers, not boyfriends) for whom Batman is as real as the looming zombie apocalypse, with this science superhero hybrid in their birthday futures.” --Rosemary Counter, The Globe and Mail

"Zehr's contribution...is all the more valuable for evaluating [Batman's] flesh-and-blood characteristics. That is what has made Batman so compelling a figure since his debut in a 1939 release of Detective Comics. He's fragile, conflicted, complicated. He's human. Just like us." -- Tom Hawthorn, Victoria Times-Colonist

"This is a thoughtfully imagined work that uses escapism to make solid scientific points that can benefit almost anyone. And for those who aspire to don a cape and cowl, it's essential reading." -- Richard Sherbaniuk, Edmonton Journal

"He considers in turn genetics, diet, hormones, learning, and - most interestingly - the biomechanics of athletic action, applied particularly to various methods of fighting. The exciting upshot is that, given unlimited funds and 20 years, you could become Batman - but you'd have to retire by the age of 55 or so....the physiological material is fascinating and well explained." --Steven Poole, The Guardian

"A highly researched, very fairly reasoned and considerably factually—supported tome that not only discusses the potential for the most human of superheroes, also educates us in quite some depth about the limit of human existence and physical and mental prowess. That Dr. Zehr manages to add any style to his efforts (and let's be fair, scientists aren't known for their 'suave'), is a credit to the man and a credit to his obvious enthusiasm for his work and interests." -- Kevin Pocock, www.denofgeek.com

"The author maintains a humorous and enjoyable tone throughout this book while providing general audiences with proven scientific methods and useful facts about the resilience and limitations of the human body." -- Book News

"Buy it."The National Post

"Two black—gloved thumbs way up!" -- whatistechnoagain.wordpress.com

"A wonderful book that looks at what it would really take to become Batman in today's world." -- The Surfman, thesurfman.blogspot.com

“If you really want to become Batman, having a billion dollars in start-up funds and a subterranean lair is just the beginning. Dr. Zehr’s thoroughly researched and thoughtfully imagined exploration into the real-life rigors of costumed crime-fighting shows just how DC Comics’ Dark Knight—the original self-made hero—could realistically transform a mere human body into something no less than superhuman. Consider it required reading for anyone seriously contemplating donning cape and cowl.” — Scott Beatty, author of The Batman Handbook

"Charming book... There is really nothing more awesome than reading a book that cites obscure neuroscience journals in the same sentence with citations to obscure Batman comics." -- Annalee Newitz, io9.com

"Zehr evaluates what it would take -- physically, psychologically, and scientifically -- to replicate Batman's actions and become a self-made superhero. His conclusions are sometimes surprising, and often fascinating." -- John Lewis, Baltimore Magazine

"The author knows whereof he writes... written in an accessible and appealing manner." -- Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky, Centre Daily Times

“As a study of human physiology, this detailed and accessible discussion could appeal to Batman fans and those interested in intensive physical training who are prepared for serious science rather than fantasy. But Batman is only the scaffolding on which Zehr hangs his detailed look at the role of genetic makeup, diet, strength training and development of motor skills in attaining the “outer limits” of physical performance.” --Publishers Weekly

“By using the Caped Crusader as the medium by which he explains his subject matter, Dr. Zehr also points out the most important way by which we can all become Batman, even those of us who do not lift a single weight or step one foot out of our secret cave headquarters. Batman has such a hold on our collective imagination because he is a mere human who nevertheless acts like a true superhero. As Superman explains to Wonder Woman in the graphic novel Trinity, by way of excusing Batman’s brusque manners: “I’ve seen him throw himself in harm’s way time and again, all to rescue the lives of innocents.” Reminding Wonder Woman that, unlike themselves, Batman has no extraphysical prowess, Superman wonders: “If I were an ordinary man, would I show the same valor?” Indeed, it is Batman’s courage, dedication, and commitment—bravery that even a Superman can admire—that we all would like to believe we are capable of, and can at least strive for, if only we have the will. Paul Zehr shows us the way. The rest is up to us.” --James Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes (Gotham, 2005)

“When I walk, every once in a while someone notices they can’t hear my footsteps. Do you know why? Dr. E. Paul Zehr knows. I’m training to become Batman. Most of the population wouldn’t understand this . . . but beneath and entwined in the soul of many men is a-hero-in-the-making. Training for that moment that will, thankfully, never come. The moment when he must be a hero. The moment he trained for. They’ll never hear me coming… In this book Dr. Zehr knows exactly what our giddy souls are doing. Here he tells our secret.” --Neal Adams, Batman illustrator