An Argentinian Batman at the bedside of sick children
An Argentinian Batman at the bedside of sick children in La Plata, 60 km south of Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 2, 2017
Disguised as Batman, the Argentinian Bruce Wayne roars the engine and squeaks the tires of his Batmobile, a Renault, to go to the children’s hospital of La Plata, near Buenos Aires.
Every Friday after work, this man of about forty years who wishes to remain anonymous goes to the sick children to fight the pain by laughing, to make them forget their suffering for a moment.
He enters the Sister Maria Ludovica Public Hospital in charge of drawings and candy. The children welcome him with laughter.
“I chose Batman for various reasons, he is solidary and believes that without justice, nothing can work properly,” confesses the Argentine “Batman”
Sitting on his bed, wearing a Batman pajama, Pablo Valdez, 7, is hilarious. He exchanges a salute with the superhero, clenched fist. Batman’s visits “give courage to the children who are suffering,” says Celia Quiroz, the boy’s mother, hospitalized for an infection that keeps her from walking.
Sister Adriana, accomplice of the Argentine Batman, guide in the corridors of the establishment.
In the chapel, of the hospital, he signs before taking action.
– Injection of joy –
“From Friday to Friday, Batman comes to inject joy, commitment and solidarity. He is a weird person who brings a dose of humanity,” says Sister Adriana.
The Argentine “Batman” enters the Sister Maria Ludovica Public Hospital in charge of drawings and candy
Why Batman? “I chose Batman for various reasons,” he said, “and he believes that without justice, nothing can work properly.” I saw the film + Batman Begins + (by Chistopher Nolan, 2005), and unfortunately Gotham City Resembles our country, with the loss of values, corruption, “regrets the hospitable visitor.
“For a moment I have the power to brighten up sad moments.”
He has the cult of anonymity. Like the superhero, he refuses to take off his mask during his mission. He admits to being a teacher, married and the father of three children.
Every Friday after work, this man of forty years who wishes to remain anonymous goes to the sick children to fight the pain by laughing in La Plata, Argentina
His children, “still small, are sometimes a little scared when they see me in Batman,” he said. His mother helps him put on his outfit and adjust his cloak.
The only time he went into civilian clothes was on April 2, 2013, when he offered his services. On that day, floods had devastated La Plata, killing 90 people.
When he starts his black sedan, customized with yellow wings and the Batman logo, the music of the movie “Batman Begins” sounds. His wife accuses him of having invested too much money in a car that he uses only on Friday.
“The Argentine Batman” arrives at the Sister Maria Ludovica Public Hospital in La Plata, Argentina, June 2, 2017
If Batman fought against the crime after the death of his parents, killed by a thief in a street in Gotham City, the Argentine is satisfied with his volunteer activity within the hospital. Twice a year, it organizes a call for donations to buy televisions or medical equipment.
In the United States, a similar character was born. But instead of a Renault Fluence, the American Batman, Lenny Robinson, traveled the state of Maryland with a Lamborghini, before dying in a traffic accident in 2015.