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Brazilian Batman Battles Baddies For The Boys In Blue (For Real)

I’ve often remarked on how surprised I am that no one has actually taken up the mantle of Batman yet to fight crime in our world. Sure, we’ve seen real-life heroes acting like Batman (but in plain clothes) and people walking around pretending to be Batman (in costume) but no one has actually been the Dark Knight. That is, until now. This is the true story of a Brazilian man who’s been asked by local police to help them fight crime, as Batman. 

André Luiz Pinheiro, is a retired soldier and at 50-years-old, Brazil’s military police are asking for his help. has the story of how both residents and business owners in Taubaté have approved of the initiative to have Pinheiro, who’s fond of dressing like Batman for children’s parties and other events, participate in peace efforts in the area.

Translated from the article: “The goal is that it is part of the Movement for Peace, held by various civil society organizations organized and had its first edition last Sunday. The Military Police want the ‘Batman Taubaté’ begin their work already on the 17th, when a step is carried out more work to combat crime in the neighborhood Esplanade St. Therese, one of the most violent city. The action will be part of the efforts of UAPC (Advanced Community Policing Unit) installed in the neighborhood last year by the PM for the purpose of assisting the integration between the police and the community.”

The details aren’t finalized but the Brazilian Batman won’t be dealing with things like shoplifters and purse thiefs, he’ll be helping fight the serious issues of murder and drug trafficking. ”I am eager to know how we can work together,” said Pinheiro. “One child that I can help bringing the story of a character, it would be very cool.”

Residents the website spoke with seemed extremely positive about the idea. Could you use a Batman in your area?

(via Bleeding Cool, photo by Thiago Leon)

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  • George Blichar

    hope this dude doesn’t get killed: there is a reason there is no REAL Batman. Something tells me the Brazilian police doesn’t have unlimited funds to sink into this guy. Plus, he’s pretty darn old…

  • Jill Pantozzi

    A few other folks have expressed their worry as well. All I can say is he’s an ex-soldier so it’s not like it’s a guy who ONLY likes to dress as Batman they’re sending out.

  • Anonymous

    I hope he’s wearing more than hockey pads…

  • Harry M. David

    As a guy going on 58 and who works in stage combat and stunt work, I can say that 50 is not to old. As long as a person hasn’t had injuries from contact sports or other debilitating injuries there is no reason that a 50 year old can’t function well in a physical position. Plus they don’t seem to actually want him to patrol the streets at night, more of a community liaison/leader.  

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  • Carley Winn

    Man I wish I lived in Brazil!!!! >.<

  • Anonymous

    Wonder if this’ll work out better than Phoenix Jones did …

  • Fabiano Cruz

    Batman can’t handle Brazilian Crime.

    Someone please call this guy:

  • Frodo Baggins

    Just the right age to be The Dark Knight Returns.

  • Frodo Baggins

    HELLO! MAINTAIN SECRET IDENTITY! Jeez, has this dude even read Batman?

  • Elaine Maria Cilotti Fratta

    The guy dressed as Batman IS NOT going to fight in the streets . He’s working for a project to prevent crime, his work is to talk to KIDS  and the police is suppoting the project. Read the article researche by Mark Newman

  • Elaine Maria Cilotti Fratta

    The guy dressed in Batman suit works for a project to prevent crime, and his job is talk to KIDS. The local police gives support to this project. So Pinheiro won’t patrol the streets. Read the correct article researched by Mark Newman.

  • Carrie Duncan Newman

    Well done, Elaine, though The Mary Sue article sure is funny! But the comicbookmovie followup story is also interesting. Mary Sue got it right; it’s Bleeding Cool that didn’t read the CBM update LOL!