The Unofficial Superhero’s Guide to Overcoming Adversity
What do Batman, Robin, Superman and Spider-Man all have in common?
Of course, there is a multitude of answers – they’re all superheroes, they all happen to be men/boys, they all wear costumes and they all made their start in comic books. If you answered any of the above, you are absolutely correct, however, there is something else you may not have thought about.
So, what else do Batman, Robin, Superman and Spider-Man all have in common?
They’re all orphans.
The number of superheroes who experienced the trauma of losing one or both of their parents in tragic circumstances is staggering. Green Hornet, Havok, Jubilee, Hawkeye, Huntress, Jessica Jones and Beast Boy are just a few examples. Reading superhero comics and seeing their exploits on the big and not-so-big screens can be a great escape and can give us hours of enjoyment. However, Superheroes can give us something else. Hidden within the pages of comic books is a treasure trove of stories about getting through tough times. These fictional characters can actually teach us a thing or two about resilience.
And it’s not just them. ‘Be Batman features a number of conversations with the actors, writers, artists and comics book geeks who ‘make’the superheroes come to life. In these candid interviews with creators such as Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Justice League), Jamal Yaseem Igle(Supergirl, Firestorm, Wonder Woman, Teen Titans), Colleen O’Shaughnessey(The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Marvel Super Heroes) and Maria Lewis (Who’s Afraid), ‘Be Batman explores some of the things they’ve had to overcome, what they found helpful and what they’ve learnt from the superheroes they know and love.
Young people will get something out of this book but it’s also written for older geeks and lovers of pop culture. Resilience and overcoming adversity isn’t just the domain of famous sports people. Geeks need it to too. In fact, we might even need it a little more than most.