Every time we've run stories about Batman getting pulled over in his Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder around Washington, D.C., the questions of the Dark Knight's real identity have only grown more insistent. Today, the Washington Post reveals his true identity: a businessman named Lenny who uses his wealth to entertain children in pediatric cancer wards.
Lenny B. Robinson earned his fortune through starting his own businesses, and puts some of it toward creating as accurate a Batman as possible in suburban Maryland, with a $5,000 Batman costume and $25,000 a year in Batman comics and other goods he hands out on his visits. While the Gallardo Spyder with not-quite-legal Batplates and matching logos throughout might be sufficient for most real-life superheroes, Robinson has plans for an honest-to-Alfred replica of the Tim Burton-era Batmobile. (There are enough already built he could probably buy a nice one used.)
These photos come from Hope for Henry, an organization that throws superhero gatherings at D.C.-area children's hospitals to cheer the patients and support their families. He's been doing it for 11 years; his son used to join him dressed as Robin, and the suit is so accurate in its coverage Robinson can lose a few pounds of sweat every appearance:
"Eventually, it sinks in and you become him," Batman told [the Post.] "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." He understands that might sound corny, but he doesn't care.
Don't ever let someone tell you superheroes aren't real.