- Posted March 22, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Ever want to be Batman?
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
I've always loved Batman. When I was a kid I would watch the Keaton Batman over and over until I had every line memorized. I liked Batman because he was just a guy, a rich guy, but just a guy. No "super-powers" or infection from a bug bite, just a guy who wanted to help people. He symbolized that anyone could do good, anyone could help people in need and I loved that about his character. It wasn't necisarily about Bruce Wayne, but the idea that anyone could help.
Batman was a symbol of hope. He beat up the bad guys but was also a tortured person with his own grief he was struggling with. If only I had the money he did... Everyone has gone through some struggle in their lifetime and I think, especially as a kid, it was easy to say hey, get back up, don't give up.
As far as my fandom, I saw the Dark Knight trilogy movies a combined over 30 times in theaters. Midnight premieres in costume of course. I stood outside the Chinese Theater in LA for the Christopher Nolan ceremony and was able to meet Christian Bale and get his autograph on a poster. I used to have birthday parties where all I would get would be Batman stuff.
I have an entire room in my house dedicated to my Bat-collection including posters, memorabilia, the Dark Knight trailer on 35mm film, my autographed Christian Bale Poster, and lots of other odds and ends. In my car I have Batman floor mats, stickers, and my license plate used to read "BATGUY".
As a Youth Pastor I am able to use the character of Batman and scenes from the movies as illustrations in messages to the teenagers I work with. They all know about my love for Batman and like to bring me little things or tag me in posts online to make sure that I see the Batman things they see.
I'd love to be Batman!