Note this book was published awhile after Batman Begins
and shortly before The Dark Knight.
Introduction by Dennis O'Neil
Keeping It Real In Gotham
by Robert Brian Taylor - reinventing and adapting classic heroes and Batman may be part of a small sub genre called "pulp noir."
Two Of A Kind
by Lou Anders - an interesting look at the Joker and his relationship to Batman.
Frank Miller's New Batman And The Grotesque
by Geoff Klock - a look at Frank Miller's takes on Batman from The Dark Knight Returns
Holy Signifier, Batman!
by Nicak Mamatas - a new look at the Adam West television series and what it really means.
The Cost Of Being Batman
by Darren Hudson Hick - in the real world what would it cost you to be like Batman?
Ra's al Ghul: Father Figure As Terrorist
by Michael Marano - looking at the relationship between Ra's al Ghul and Batman.
The Dubious Origins Of The Batman
by Alan J. Porter - who really created The Dark Knight?
Why Doesn't Bruce Wayne Retire Already?
by Chris Roberson - why doesn't Bruce Wayne ever pass the torch and how is he kept going decade after decade?
The Madness Of Arkham Asylum
by Paul Lytle - what is Arkham really good for and what it represents.
Robin: Innocent Bystander
by Jake Black - why does Batman allow a youth to accompany him on his crusade?
Batman In Outer Space
by Mike W. Barr - a look at the often dismissed sci-fi era of Batman's history and what worth there might be there.
Gotham's First Family
by Mary Borsellino - the why and how of Bruce Wayne's parents and their role in creating Batman.
What's Wrong With Bruce Wayne?
by Robin S. Rosenberg - questioning wheather Bruce Wayne is psychologically flawed.
The Batman We Deserve
by Daniel M. Kimmel - looking at Batman's evolution through the years.
To The Batpole!
by Alex Bledsoe - an amusing look at a significant moment in young Bruce's life.
Heroes Of Darkness And Light
by John C. Wright - the differences between Superman and Batman and why the Dark Knight is sexier.
Batman In The Real World
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch - why Batman is a truly iconic American hero.
Batman, The Failure
by David Seidman - why Batman's crusade, his methods and his very existence is ultimately pointless.