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The Source: What Does Batman Say About America?


Here's an idea - put on a black cowl and a cape and go around at night beating up people that you suspect are breaking the law.

Would this be a good thing or a bad thing for society for people to have this kind of hobby.
Being a billionaire is a plus - if you are going to give it a try.
Best to keep your identity a secret to avoid all those legal issues - liability and civil rights.
Sounds crazy.
But that's the premise for one of America's most loved characters. Batman - and he is an American ideal of masculinity. Bruce Wayne put the mask in masculinity.
But we've had many Bruce Waynes -  - actors - writers and artists.
Who is your favorite?
Our guest is Glen Weldon - author of "Caped Crusade - batman and the rise of nerd culture"
and a regualr contributor on the NPR pop culture happy hour podcast.

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi