The Washington Post has landed an interview with the "Route 29 Batman," so called because he was pulled over on Maryland's Route 29 in his Lamborghini Batmobile last week on his way to visit hospitalized children.
Batman, real name Lenny B. Robinson, is a 48-year-old self-made businessman who recently sold a cleaning service he started as a teenager, and now spends much of his time brightening the days of sick children in local hospitals.
Robinson has been Batman since 2001, and makes hospital visits at least a couple of times a month, as well as visiting schools to talk about bullying. Sometimes his teenage son, Brandon, who first introduced him to Batman, will accompany him as Robin.
Robinson has invested a lot in his superhero identity, spending $5,000 on his costume, $25,000 a year on Batman toys and books for the kids he visits, and $250,000 on a real-life Batmobile that's currently in development.
"It feels like I have a responsibility that's beyond a normal person," he says, "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."