Saturday, March 17, 2012
Batman is in the news again, this time from Slovakia. Unlike his Brazilian counterpart, the Slovak Batman hasn’t been hired by the police, he’s self-appointed. 26-year-old Zoltan Kohari, from the southern Slovak town of Dunajska Streda, has donned a leather Batman suit that he’s stitched together himself, in an attempt to help the people of the town. He goes around cleaning the streets, helping the old, and calling the police when he spots something suspicious.
Incidentally, Kohari was a petty criminal prior to his superhero-avatar; he had spent eight months in jail last year and also attempted suicide just after his release. This was before he realized that he had a larger mission – to make life in his community better. “I have decided to do good for the people. I take care of order and help clean up the environment so we can keep living on this planet,” he says. Since Kohari doesn’t really have a full time job, he’s moved into an abandoned apartment in a dilapidated building on the edge of town. He has no electricity or water supply, but the place serves the purpose of a Batcave perfectly, to conduct his town patrols from.
Don't these guys realize that you really can't do a serious job as a superhero without actual super powers. I do admire people who want to make their community a safer place but this seems like a very risky way to do it. Alot of criminals out there don't play and it would entertain them no end to be confronted by a costumed citizen without proper armor or weaponry to do the job right.
In Mexico, there are Luchadores committed to important local issues (as seen in the great documentary - Super Amigos) but they stand mainly as symbols to rally the people towards action on issues like Gay Rights, Housing, Poverty, Cruelty to Animals and the Environment. These costumed figures are highly respected and are champions to the poor and destitute who need a advocate, especially one who can bring attention to their cause.
Posted by Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness at 12:40 PM