One of my favourite TV programmes when I was a youngster was Batman. I just couldn’t resist the action; every time he fought the criminals, the screen would be splashed with huge comic-book style lettering showing the effects of Batman’s punches and kicks, along with dramatic music to underline it all! Smash! Biff! Crash!
Batman has, however, over the years, undergone a complete change. Gone is the comical character immortalised in Marvel comics. instead, he is now shown as a cryptic character, shouldering moral and personal issues, as well as all the problems of crime in modern Gotham city. I prefer the old Batman!
Now, there is news that Batman is alive and well, and kicking, in Britain of all places. You may well be surprised, as I was, to hear that. Having grown up in the UK and spent more than the first 20 years of my life there, I know too well the average British psyche, and dressing up as a superhero and walking the streets is very definitely not a British thing.
But there we are. News is a guy has done that very thing, dressed up as the comic book hero and nabbed his first criminal, a man wanted for fraud and theft. A man in the familiar Batman garb walked into his local police station in Bradford and handed over his victim, and then just as suddenly, walked out without leaving his name or any other detail.
Whatever the case, in my opinion, this is a good thing. Fine, the police don’t want everybody dressing up as Batman, Superman, Hulk or whatever, but if one or two people carry on with this, many people will definitely feel safer on the streets, knowing that someone is around and watching. I know only too well the usual scenario if a person has the bad luck to be mugged or assaulted on the streets, having been a victim many years ago when I was still in the UK; the police are never there on time and 99% of the time, the criminal gets away well before the police arrive.
Holy cow, Batman! Well done!