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The Batman Handbook: The Ultimate Training Manual Paperback – February 1, 2005
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"Attempting to exact vigilante-style justice is illegal, no matter what the situation. Even Batman himself, if he really existed, would be subject to prosecution, despite his close relationship with Commissioner Gordon... We urge you to obey all laws and respect all rights, including the property rights of others -- even the criminally insane."
DC's lawyers not only know their audience, they also have a sense of humor, something that's fully on display in Beatty's entertaining How To guide. Broken down into five chapters - The Basics, Bat Skills, Fighting Skills, Detective Skills and Escape Skills - Beatty offers up a realistic look at the caped crusader's methods and gadgets, along with a heaping helping of pure fanboy snark. Important information like how to make a Batsuit, how to drive the Batmobile on two wheels, and how to take out a roomful of goons is all presented in relatively straight-forward fashion, with real-world examples and common sense explanations, and frequently cut with wry observations such as: "Camouflage can save your life. Only a virtually invulnerable hero who operates in the daytime would wear bright blue, red and yellow."
Formatted like an actual training manual, it's very similar in tone to the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, an oft-hilarious guide to surviving such potential disasters as escaping from quicksand or performing a tracheotomy. Besides explaining which martial arts are best to master and how to withstand poison kisses, The Batman Handbook is also rich in references to Batman history, making it a double treat for the fanboys and girls.Read more ›
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How ideal. Bruce Wayne being what Marx would consider a "normal human being," left a magnificent gateway wide open for all of us losers. Sitting around in your underwear all day, unemployed and fat? If you apply yourself, you can be Batman. Getting bullied around by your boss and wife and overbearing friends? Work hard and you too can be Batman. Getting smacked around by sissies smaller than you while women point and laugh? Get your self-respect back by being Batman! This book, written as believably and precisely as possible, does indeed give you everything you could possibly need and more in your quest to stop being the town clown and become the feared vigilante Bob Kane invented you to be....Batman!
It analyzes exactly what you would need and need to do to fashion your own batcave. This book tells you what to put in your utility belt and where to get one. It coaches you on the specifics of training a sidekick and contributing to juvenlie deliquence. You will find out exactly what are the best and most important martial art forms for you to learn in a ten year span and why. Get a cool car! Make your outfit something to be feared! Become an expert detective! Dude...BE BATMAN!!!
This book really lets you feel like you really could be the Dark Knight himself while still putting funny stuff in there to remind you it is fiction.
I gave this five stars because I think it deserves it but I think that the book would have been longer and better if they had gone into more detail. It wasn't so much a training guide as it was a book of ideas and hints on how to do these things. I would have loved to see more of the science behind the fiction, so to speak.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The buried alive thing that's on page 167's a myth, thanks to the Mythbusters testing it. So this is another book to think carefully about.Published 8 months ago by quick draw
Got it for my dad for fathers day he was a batman fanatic. Got other stuff with it.Published 9 months ago by kfree
An interesting read. Every topic was only given surface-level attention. I would have liked more attention given to each skill.Published 11 months ago by makotobujin
Loved the book, couldn't put it down until I finished it. A great urban survival book, and encourages you to get fit.Published 11 months ago by Ryan
Full of helpful information and techniques that my mother won't let me test out :(Published 14 months ago by Michelle Carrell
the batman handbook tells you basic knowage of batman you will probably like it if your a fan of batmanPublished 16 months ago by derek e beck