From Adam West to Nolan’s The Dark Knight, we’ve seen more than a few versions of Batman over the years. This touching new documentary digs into the endearing nature of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego, and we dare you not to shed a tear.
The first trailer for director Brett Culp’s new documentary Legends of the Knight has been released, featuring a boatload of interviews digging into how the character of Batman has inspired so many ordinary people to do amazing things. From fighting back against cancer to standing up for what’s right, there’s just something about the regular-guy hero who brings out the best in us all.
As Hero Complex notes, the documentary features interviews with folks well versed on Batman lore. Among the panel: Michael Uslan, who has served as executive producer on every Batman film since 1989; Travis Langley, author of Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight; and comic writer/editor Dennis O’Neil (A Death in the Family).
Culp chatted with Hero Complex about the film’s unique focus on those inspired by Batman, and dug into why he thinks the character remains one of the most enduring cultural icons of this era:
“Well, the cliche about Batman is he’s a superhero with no superpowers, and that is a cliche, but there’s a truth in that. You can look at Batman and say, yeah, he’s got a lot of money, and that’s in some ways a superpower. But I think the fact that he is an ordinary human being and he didn’t need to be bestowed with superpowers from some outside force is what makes him very connectable and relatable to us. I think also the darkness that’s in the story — you know, a character who went through trauma and difficulty.
I can’t relate to being born on the planet Krypton, but I can relate to experiencing pain and suffering. And on whatever level, we all can relate to that. The idea that we can in our own lives go through difficulty, and instead of those things destroying us, we can actually use them as a motivation to make not only our own lives and the world a better place, I think that’s something deep in our hearts we all want to believe. For a child, that is the core message of Batman, even if they can’t articulate it. It’s really what’s at the heart of the story and why we love it.”
Legends of the Knight arrives on demand, as well as on DVD, this week. Check out the tear-jerking trailer below and let us know what you think:
(Via Hero Complex)