Pow! Crash! Brake!: The caped crusader is stopped by police in Maryland.
POLICE pulled a man over on Route 29 in Silver Spring, Maryland, last week because of a problem with his plates. This would not ordinarily make international news, but the car was a black Lamborghini, the number plate was the Batman symbol, and the driver was Batman, dressed head-to-toe in his full superhero uniform.
Jokers soon emerged. ''Let him do his job,'' one wrote. ''Batman has expensive taste,'' said another. Others had questions, such as: ''Did they make him take off his mask?''
No, they didn't. Even Montgomery County police honour a superhero code of conduct, just like Howard County officers who once helped him with a flat bat tyre.
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Batman told officers his real name was not Bruce Wayne but Lenny B. Robinson, and his real plates were in the car. (He was not booked then, but has been before for a heavy bat foot.)
Batman is a businessman from Baltimore County, who visits sick children in hospitals, handing out Batman paraphernalia to up-and-coming superheros who first need to beat cancer and other diseases.
Batman is 48. He is a self-made success and recently sold, for a pile of cash, a commercial cleaning business that he started as a teenager. He became interested in Batman through his son Brandon, who was obsessed with the caped crusader when he was little. ''His obsession became my obsession,'' he said.