As hundreds gathered Wednesday outside of Baltimore to say farewell to Leonard Robinson, better known as the "Route 29 Batman" or the "Baltimore Batman," 370 miles away, another Caped Crusader was keeping one of his promises.
Robinson, a Baltimore businessman who dressed as Batman and visited children's hospitals in his replica of the Batman ’66 Batmobile or customized black Lamborghini, was struck by a car and killed Sunday night on his way home from SummerFest in South Charleston, West Virginia. Before he left that event, however, Robinson had a lasting impact on at least one little boy.
Punched by a bully at the bounce house, 8-year-old Jacob from Elkview, West Virginia, turned to Batman for help. "Batman takes Jacob under his arm, leaves kids standing in line," the boy's grandmother, Peggy Taylor, told WCHS TV. "They go back to the bounce house, where Batman confronted the bully. "And tells him, 'Gentlemen don't act that way. That's not the way to settle your differences.' They gave each other a hug and were best of friends the rest of the evening!"
Robinson reportedly told Jacob, who lost his father nine months ago Sunday, that he'd always be there for him, and on Wednesday, another Batman made good on that pledge: John Buckland, the Huntington (West Virginia) Batman, drove his own Batmobile to Dunbar Intermediate School, where he was escorted by Jacob into the gym to honor the boy and deliver a message about bullying and doing what's right.
Jacob was even given his own key to the Batmobile: "I'm one of the Batman Army now!”
"What happened this weekend with Lenny, the Maryland Batman, and the moment that he had with Jacob -- the whole Batman Army and the world needs to be inspired by this," Buckland said.
Taylor said her grandson fell asleep on the sofa still clutching the Batmobile key.