Earlier this week the world was saddened when it was reported that internet sensation known as the “Lamborghini Batman” of Maryland had died in a fatal car accident. Leonard B. Robinson was his name. The business man turned man of charity had traded in his Lamborghini for a custom Batmobile and a Batsuit and spent much of his time visiting sick children in hospitals, and donating up to $25,000 a year in various toys and gifts. He passed last Sunday when his Batmobile broke down on the Interstate and was struck by another vehicle.
While Leonard is no longer with us, his legacy carries on. A new Batman has emerged to carry on the good will and charity that Leonard started.
Robinson reportedly told a young boy named Jacob, who lost his father nine months ago Sunday, that he’d always be there for him.
To make good on that promise in Robinson’s stead, another Batman from Huntington, West Virginia (John Buckland), made a trip to meet Jacob and present him with his own key to the Batmobile.
Peggy Taylor, the boy’s grandmother, told WCHS News:
[A] little boy punched him in the face. So he said he was gonna tell Batman! Batman takes Jacob under his arm, leaves kids standing in line. They go back to the bounce house, where Batman confronted the bully, and tells him, gentlemen don’t act that way. That’s not the way to settle your differences. They gave each other a hug and were best of friends the rest of the evening!
Jacob was even given his own key to the Batmobile: “I’m one of the Batman Army now!”
“What happened this weekend with Lenny, the Maryland Batman, and the moment that he had with Jacob — the whole Batman Army and the world needs to be inspired by this,” Buckland said.
Taylor said her grandson fell asleep on the sofa still clutching the Batmobile key.
To quote Bruce Wayne from Batman Begins : “People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man, I’m flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed; but as a symbol… as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting. ”
Leonard and John are those symbols. They are the everlasting hope that there is good in the world.
Category: Nerd Culture