‘ROUTE 29 BATMAN’ Turns Out To Be Solid Dude. Duh, He’s The Bat.
We’ve all seen the pictures of that dude bombing about in Batman regalia. I figured he was something of an adorable sociopath, kicking lambs and goats and claiming they were infected by the Joker’s laughing virii. Much to my shock, he’s a pretty rad dude. No kicking.
Fear not, good citizens. In Baltimore County in Maryland, the Caped Crusader visits sick children in hospitals and gives the sort of hope that only a superhero can. Lenny B. Robinson, the man behind the mask, was thrust into the limelight recently after he was pulled over for having a Batman emblem as a license plate on his Lamborghini. It’s not the first time he’s been in the news with car troubles either; he also had police assistance with a flat tire in November. He was in a full costume on both occasions, and he’s not just dressing up for kicks. He’s here to help.
Robinson is a successful businessman that uses his money and his time to pass out toys at the hospital to children fighting cancer. He talks with them and provides encouraging words; most of the kids are just thrilled to see a superhero (he’s even buying a $250,000 Batmobile replica to wow the kids even more). He’s so popular that various children’s causes have his contact information file. He even visits schools to speak out against bullying.
Robinson on playing the part:
“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.
That’s goddamn amazing. Dude rolls into hospitals and visits kids as The Bats. I’m pretty sure I’d coat the cloths of my hospital bed with butt-cake, but that’s just me.