Will The Real Batman Please Stand Up?

By Meera Dolasia on March 26, 2012

Word Search

While Braziland Slovakiamay be oceans apart, they appear to have a common vigilante - Batman. However, this is not the comic book superhero come to life and flying across continents, but two totally normal people who somehow seem to have hit on the brilliant idea, at the same time.

The superhero that roams the streets of the southeastern city of Taubate in Sao Paulo, is 50-year old retired policeman, Luiz Pinheiro. Hired by local authorities, his job similar to the superhero he impersonates, is to fight crime. The only difference is that he does it by visiting schools and talking to young children about the dangers of drug smuggling, a problem that is very prevalent in this city.

The reason for the gimmicky superhero outfit is to get the attention of the kids who are always excited to see him and seem to hang on to every word he says. The authorities are hoping that the Batman delivered message will make an impact and help them stay away from crime when they grow up. While the results will not be known for a few years, for now, everyone is enjoying the presence of this masked hero.

Not to be outdone by a South American city, the Slovak town of Dunajska Streda too has produced its own version of the crime-fighting hero. This one however, is a self-appointed vigilante who wears a home-made Batman suit.

26-year old Zoltan Kohari a former petty criminal, has decided to turn into a new leaf and taken it upon himself to patrol the streets of his town, cleaning them as he walks along, helping the elderly and, alerting the authorities of any crimes. Unlike his Brazilian counterpart, the Slovakian superhero is not employed by the police and is only doing this because he believes it is his calling to improve the life of the people in his community.  So far, he seems to be succeeding and becoming quite popular with his neighbors, especially the younger ones, who seem to love the idea of having their very own Batman!

We wonder if more copycat superheroes will start to show up in other parts of the world and taking up similar social causes. Be sure to let us know, if you happen to see one in your neighborhood.

Resources: odditycentral.com, telegraph.co.uk

Share by EmailShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on TwitterShare on tumblrShare on StumbleUponShare on PinterestShare on RedditShare on Edmodo
188 Comments
to use your custom avatar.
  • kennedyharris
    kennedyharrisThursday, October 2, 2014 at 8:02 am
    cool
    • hyoung
      hyoungThursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:45 am
      cool
      • mrguy7
        mrguy7Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm
        cool
        • parker818332
          parker818332Monday, September 15, 2014 at 2:49 pm
          Its all right, I guess
          • smileyface4life
            smileyface4lifeThursday, June 12, 2014 at 10:06 am
            haha!! lol!! that's funny
            • thedarkknight12
              thedarkknight12Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 7:40 am
              That could be so cool if the real batman was seen LOL
              • bartlebeeman
                bartlebeemanThursday, May 29, 2014 at 7:19 am
                Lol there should be a real batman that's actually a police chief like the comishinor
                • kell-bell
                  kell-bellWednesday, May 14, 2014 at 7:27 pm
                  I am going to be a super hero when Im tall. :) Im too short to be wonder woman or anybody else.
                  • 123123
                    123123Monday, May 12, 2014 at 4:32 pm
                    I think I will show this to my class some time
                    • iamacow
                      iamacowMonday, May 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm
                      I think that this is pretty cool. Im not a batman fan though.

                      Vocabulary

                      impersonatesprevalentvigilante

                      Geography

                      Most Popular Articles

                      World's Biggest Spider Weighs As Much A Newborn Puppy
                      Just In Time For Halloween - A Real-Life Ghostbuster!
                      Diwali, India's Glittering Festival Of Lights!
                      Russian Fisherman Catches Fish With "Human Teeth"
                      Just In Time For Halloween - A Real-Life Ghostbuster!
                      Making Sense Of The Ebola Virus
                      The World's Deepest Pool Is Scarily . . . Deep!
                      Minecraft As A Mandatory Subject In School? Sweet!
                      Boo Mania Sweeps Over America (And The World)!
                      Are You Ready To 'Gangnam Style'?
                      Video Of The Week - If Frozen Was A Horror Movie . . .

                      Latest Comments

                      cupcake2005

                      i'ts soooooooooooooooo cool
                      World's Biggest Spider Weighs As...

                      Jp64z wrote:

                      But Yay Paul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                      US Billionaire Paul Allen Pledge...

                      Jp64z wrote:

                      Just in time for Halloween
                      US Billionaire Paul Allen Pledge...

                      Jp64z wrote:

                      i agree with dragonsword, but i ...
                      US Billionaire Paul Allen Pledge...

                      ALA