The Route 29 Batman

Last week, Montgomery County, Maryland police stopped a man who was driving his Lamborghini on Route 29 without plates.

He was also dressed as Batman.

As photos of the spectacle circulated, the police were good-natured about it on the department’s Facebook page, saying, “Yes, Batman was stopped by MCPD on Wednesday,S/B Route 29 at Prelude Dr. for no tags on Batmobile.”

Photo by Allen Goldberg for The Washington Post

Today, The Washington Post has a story about The Caped Cursader, who is actually Lenny B. Robinson. Lenny spends a lot of time, effort and money being Batman for some very sick kids:

“The Caped Crusader 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 wretched diseases.

Stephanie Broadhead of California, Md., was leaning against the wall while her 10-year-old daughter Claire was having her face drawn by an artist. Claire has leukemia. Batman stopped by to marvel at the picture and hand Claire some gifts. ‘This makes a very hard thing to deal with a little easier,’ Claire’s mom said.

Superhero visits to hospitals let kids be kids in a scary, adult place, but the activities are indeed therapeutic, too, the chief doctor on the cancer floor told me.

‘These visits provide an immediate boost for these kids,’ said Jeffrey Dome, the oncology division chief at Children’s. ‘Some of these children have to stay for weeks or months at a time. That wears down the children and it wears down the family. You have to keep up morale. A visit from a superhero is sort of like a fantasy in the middle of all this hard-core therapy.’

As for the Lamborghini, Post reporter Mike Rosenwald writes, “[Robinson] is actually in the process of having a just-like-the-movies Batmobile built for $250,000, but it’s not ready yet.”

It’s a fantastic article that you ought to read.