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
189 Comments
to use your custom avatar.
  • btummalwydWednesday, March 28, 2012 at 1:54 am
    I LOVE BATMAN
    • christianl
      christianlWednesday, March 28, 2012 at 1:24 am
      bat man love the idea of helping police batman!!!!...............
      • emilyTuesday, March 27, 2012 at 8:38 pm
        I love the idea of the Batmans.
        • popstar134
          popstar134Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm
          wow he could help a ton of kids if only he fought crime then it would be a great report for me...:(
          • owen
            owenTuesday, March 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm
            cooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!
            • CUBATuesday, March 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm
              i met the cuban batman.
              • maddyrocks13
                maddyrocks13Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm
                I dont know any batmen. OH WAIT!!!! There one goes now!!! JK....
                • EthanTuesday, March 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm
                  That's cool imagine if he actually put guys behind bars that would make me laugh so much lol :)
                  • oop
                    oopTuesday, March 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm
                    not really just kidding
                    • MarkTuesday, March 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm
                      I was there he was awesome.
                      • popstar134
                        popstar134Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 8:13 pm
                        for real?!..

                      Vocabulary

                      impersonatesprevalentvigilante

                      Geography

                      Most Popular Articles

                      Video Of The Week - Are Lions Losing Their Edge?
                      World's Biggest Spider Weighs As Much As A Newborn Puppy
                      Just In Time For Halloween - A Real-Life Ghostbuster!
                      Veterans Day - Honoring All Who Served
                      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

                      bearbear
                      bearbear wrote:

                      the baby elephant beat the lion!...
                      Video Of The Week - Are Lions Lo...

                      Mustangs R #1 wrote:

                      Wow! Go Hercules! I'm glad he ou...
                      Video Of The Week - Are Lions Lo...

                      ALA