Hunting the Dark Knight: Twenty-first Century Batman (Paperback)
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Short Description for Hunting the Dark Knight Explores Batman's twenty-first century incarnations. This title features analysis of "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" that offers an account of the complex relationship between popular films, audiences, and producers in our age of media convergence.
- Published: 17 July 2012
- Format: Paperback 272 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781848852808 ISBN 10: 1848852800
- Sales rank: 178,613
Full description for Hunting the Dark Knight
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? This will be a vital text for film students and academics, as well as legions of Batman fans.