Prof. Leyva Discusses His Batman Course with National Publications Including io9, Nerdist, More
July 11, 2018
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This fall, the University of Baltimore will host a class on "The Evolution of Batman." Steven Leyva, assistant professor in UB's Klein Family School of Communications Design, is receiving national media attention for it from outlets including io9, the Nerdist, the Mary Sue and more.
It's "interesting to me to think about what it is about the character that allows for longevity," Leyva says in his extensive io9 interview. "What keeps us coming back to it? When there have been a host of other characters, you know? And other pop figures that have fallen away."
"The Evolution of Batman" will examine Batman's many interpretations through several decades, as well as the roles the character fills for readers, viewers, listeners and players of video games. As Prof. Leyva says, one area of particular interest is the many contexts in which the character can be presented:
"He seems to have greater boundaries. So part of the reason of why to teach the class, is because here's a figure who seems to be able to say something and comment on society, but also reflect society in a recursive relationship. He also has a very broad aesthetic, so we can talk about many [artistic] disciplines and different kinds of social concerns and what media does with them within a single course."