This Brazilian Batman is not fighting the likes of The Joker or Two-Face to protect Gotham from criminals, but 50 year-old André Luiz Pinheiro could be the answer to combating violent criminal activity in his native Brazil.
André Luiz Pinheiro, a retired soldier who originally started dressing up as DC‘s Batman for children’s parties and other events, is being asked by local military police to help combat crime. Details are still being worked out, but Brazilian site Ovale.com has released a story on how both residents and business owners in André’s home of Taubaté, Brazil have approved of the idea.
Here’s a portion of the article, translated into English:
“The goal is that it is part of the Movement for Peace, held by various civil society organizations organized and had its first edition last Sunday. The Military Police want the ‘Batman Taubaté’ begin their work already on the 17th, when a step is carried out more work to combat crime in the neighborhood Esplanade St. Therese, one of the most violent city. The action will be part of the efforts of UAPC (Advanced Community Policing Unit) installed in the neighborhood last year by the PM for the purpose of assisting the integration between the police and the community.”
By the looks of it, André won’t be actually dealing with criminals in person, but rather becoming a public spokesperson talking to children about issues like murder and drug trafficking, both on a serious rise in the country. Still, it’s all for a good cause. Keeping young kids from becoming career criminals is always a good thing.
As for whether or not DC is cool with one of their star comic book characters being used without permission remains to be seen, but who really cares? This is for the kids and that’s what matters.
Source: The Mary Sue