The Man Behind The Route 29 Batman

by Christopher Paul on March 31, 2012

You might have heard about the story of Batman getting pulled over my the police for not having license plates on the Batmobile (a black Lamborghini decked out in all Batman gear). But The Washington Post has the story on the “real” Batman. His name is, well, not Bruce Wayne – I’ll leave it at that. But he is a superhero by visiting sick children in the hospital and going to schools to talk about bullying.

I haven’t finished reading the who article but the moment I read this passage, I was intrigued by how it relates to the Batman genera. At times, comic books, movies, and animated shows have touched on whether the idea of Batman supersedes the persona of the person wearing the mask. As if the idea of Batman compels the wearer of the costume to become like him.

“Batman began visiting Baltimore area hospitals in 2001, sometimes with his now teenage son Brandon playing Robin. Once other hospitals and charities heard about his car and his cape, Batman was put on superhero speed dial for children’s causes around the region. He visits sick kids at least couple times a month, sometimes more often. He visits schools, too, to talk about bullying. He does not do birthday parties.

His superhero work is limited to doing good deeds, part of a maturation process in his own life. In his earlier years, he acknowledges that he sometimes displayed an unsuperhero-like temper and got into occasional trouble with the law for fights and other confrontations. Putting on the Batman uniform changes and steadies him.

“Eventually, it sinks in and you become him,” Batman told me. “It feels like I have a responsibility that’s beyond a normal person. And that responsibility is to be there for the kids, to be strong for them, and to make them smile as much as I can.” He understands that might sound corny, but he doesn’t care.”

I think could be a great psychological study but, most importantly, it’s a lesson in how swept up you can become in doing great things for others and the community just by playing the part.

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