Will The Real Batman Please Stand Up?

By Meera Dolasia on March 26, 2012

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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

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  • rotz4/6/2014
    fake
    • krish10
      krish103/23/2014
      Cool!
      • brinkpj
        brinkpj2/19/2014
        i mean, "interesting"
        • 1339james
          1339james12/6/2013
          He is good man when he changed on to a different leaf
          • shejac
            shejac11/25/2013
            batman is a hero to everybody! and plus everyone loves batman. go on a different batman and you will see his little batman
            • theminecrafter10/14/2013
              batman has inspired real people to fight crime and do the right thing :)
              • shejac
                shejac11/25/2013
                he do the right thing
              • Izzy10/7/2013
                Coooool I used to love batman
                • courtneyb
                  courtneyb9/17/2013
                  batman is my favorite super hero, having someone in your town being a super hero and doing this for kids and such is probably going to make an impact on the town and the kids lives.
                  • abby717
                    abby7176/8/2013
                    Oookkkkkk......................
                    • Yoteslaya5/17/2013
                      Fighting Crime with words?

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