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Hunting the Dark Knight

Hunting the Dark Knight

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Published by I.B.Tauris
Publishing alongside the world premiere of Christopher Nolan's third Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, Will Brooker's new book explores Batman's twenty-first century incarnations. Brooker's close analysis of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight offers a rigorous, accessible account of the complex relationship between popular films, audiences, and producers in our age of media convergence. By exploring themes of authorship, adaptation and intertextuality, he addresses a myriad of questions raised by these films: did Batman Begins end when The Dark Knight began? Does its story include the Gotham Knight DVD, or the 'Why So Serious' viral marketing campaign? Is it separate from the parallel narratives of the Arkham Asylum videogame, the monthly comic books, the animated series and the graphic novels? Can the brightly campy incarnations of the Batman ever be fully repressed by The Dark Knight, or are they an intrinsic part of the character? Do all of these various manifestations feed into a single Batman metanarrative?
Publishing alongside the world premiere of Christopher Nolan's third Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, Will Brooker's new book explores Batman's twenty-first century incarnations. Brooker's close analysis of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight offers a rigorous, accessible account of the complex relationship between popular films, audiences, and producers in our age of media convergence. By exploring themes of authorship, adaptation and intertextuality, he addresses a myriad of questions raised by these films: did Batman Begins end when The Dark Knight began? Does its story include the Gotham Knight DVD, or the 'Why So Serious' viral marketing campaign? Is it separate from the parallel narratives of the Arkham Asylum videogame, the monthly comic books, the animated series and the graphic novels? Can the brightly campy incarnations of the Batman ever be fully repressed by The Dark Knight, or are they an intrinsic part of the character? Do all of these various manifestations feed into a single Batman metanarrative?

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HUNTING THEDARK KNIGHT
TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY BATMAN
WILL BROOKER
 
Will Brooker 
is the leading academic expert on the Dark Knight,and author of the cultural history of Batman,
 Batman Unmasked 
. Hisother books include
Using the Force 
and
 Alice’s Adventures 
. He editedthe
 Audience Studies Reade
and
The Blade Runner Experience 
, andwrote the BFI Film Classics volume on
Star Wars 
. He is currentlyReader and Director of Research in Film and Television at KingstonUniversity, London, and editor of 
Cinema Journal 
.
 
‘A fascinating and incredibly detailed analysis of comic fiction’smost powerful and successful hero.’ – Pat Mills, author of 
 Batman: The Book of Shadow
‘Through the prism of poststructuralism, Will Brooker castsdazzling new light on Batman as myth, brand, and canon. BruceWayne encounters the likes of Foucault, Bakhtin, Barthes, andDerrida in an epic team-up across these pages. But more than just a theoretical excursion, this is a skilful, passionate argumentfor setting the Batman free from repressive, restrictive viewsof who and what the character can be. From author-functionto Joker-function, Brooker illuminates the strategies and crea-tive choices of “scriptors” such as Christopher Nolan and GrantMorrison, showing how they select, rework, and recombine ele-ments from Batman’s longer history and continuity. Hunting theDark Knight is, quite simply, a brilliant study of the Batman andcontemporary processes of rebooting, franchising and shaping acultural icon.’ – Matt Hills, author of 
Triumph of a Time Lord 

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