Chiba, Japan, the capital city of the Chiba Prefecture, a city famous for the Chiba Urban Monorail, the longest suspended monorail in the world., and now… A REAL Batman.
The newly dubbed “Chibatman” is reportedly a 41 year-old man who started patrolling around various Japanese motorways on a custom made Batpod while dressed as the caped crusader himself from the Dark Knight Trilogy around three years ago. The anonymous japanese man said that “after the great earthquake people forgot how to smile”, and he decided he wanted to try to bring the smile back to Japan.
The man has gained increasing fame over the past month or so and has garnered a reputation that could rival the dark knight himself. However it still remains unknown whether or not the man will be fighting crime in Japan or if he just is enjoying cosplaying as the Batman but it appears that the local police department has even given a stamp of approval with saying:
Realizing that if there’s ever a time to pass on a cosplay opportunity, it’s when you’ve been summoned to the police station, the man showed up in the regular clothes he wears to his non-crime-fighting day job, but it seems his reputation had proceeded him. As soon as he checked in at the front desk, the receptionist replied, “Oh, you’re Batman, aren’t you?” and when he was called in for his interview, he was beckoned with, “Right this way, Batman.”
The masked hero himself said in an interview that “I was led into what, based on how it looked, you could only describe as an interrogation room,” Chibatman recalls. “Waiting there was a detective in a suit and a representative from the Land Transport Bureau.”
While this man does not fight crime and does not have to worry about a large rogues gallery of people who despise him, he does good work, trying to help the people of Japan become happy again. Below is the man aboard his Batpod and patrolling in a fashion that very well encapsulates the essence of Batman.