Comic-Con panel: Is Batman broken—or is Bruce Wayne crazy for dating Catwoman?
The Panel: Psychologists Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) and Robin Rosenberg (The Psychology of Superheroes, What’s the Matter with Batman?) producer Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight Rises), comic book writers Len Wein (Batman), and Steve Englehart (Detective Comics), and Catwoman herself, actress Lee Meriwether (Batman: The Movie).
The Big Revelations: According to clinical psychologist Robin Rosenberg Batman is not, in fact, crazy. The panel was ostensibly meant to delve into Batman’s psyche but spent more time analyzing Catwoman, thanks in part to the presence of the totally charming Lee Meriwether. Robin Rosenberg took the audience through several potential mental health diagnosis for Bruce Wayne and ruled out symptoms of depression, dissociative personality disorder, and PTSD. Whew!
Snap Judgment: If you wanted a deep dive into the personality of Batman and the nature of his relationship with Catwoman, this was the panel for you! I just wish they billed it as such so that the Catwoman co-players would have showed up.
Most Incisive Audience Question: From panelist Steve Englehart, who wondered why more people didn’t recognize that Wayne was also the Dark Knight: “It just seemed to me that if you slept with a guy you might recognize the bottom half of his face.”
The Winner of the Panel: The totally charming Lee Meriwether, though Michael Uslan deserves special consideration for comparing the lover life of Bruce Wayne and Archie.