Real-Life Batman in Traffic Stop Unveiled

Lenny Robinson is a superhero of sorts himself
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2012 2:33 PM CDT
A Twitter photo of the Batman traffic stop made waves earlier this month.   (Twitter/Montgomery County Police)

(Newser) – When Maryland cops pulled over Batman on a traffic stop last week, photos of the incident quickly went viral. So who was the grown man decked out head to toe in Batman gear and driving a black Lamborghini with Batman tags instead of plates? It turns out to be a pretty nice story, as Michael S. Rosenwald of the Washington Post explains. This Batman is Lenny B. Robinson, a 48-year-old self-made rich guy who spends much of his time visiting kids sick with cancer as Batman and giving them gifts he paid for himself.

The profile includes this quote from Robinson, who says playing the part has helped his own maturation. “Eventually, it sinks in and you become him,” he says of donning the uniform. “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.” It's not a fleeting pastime: Robinson is having a custom-made Batmobile built for $250,000.

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