CULTURE: Meet the good argentine Batman

Abundant fantasy, longing for solidarity and a pact of unshakable anonymity. An Argentine Batman has made La Plata children's hospital a target of laughter against pain and a source of donations of what is lacking in the public sector.

"I feel very connected with my child spirit and with solidarity. Especially in a Gothic city like this one that is Argentina, "Bruno Diaz, the masked man from La Plata, a city 60 km south of Buenos Aires, told AFP in his 'Baticave' where he lives, works and acts as a clerk The incognito with the fantasy name of the character.

From head to toe is Batman. He only reveals that he is a teacher, completes administrative duties from Monday to Friday, is married and has three children. "Young peeps, when they see me in Batman costume, I think they're scared a little," he adds.

"But I can not say more, I want to preserve my identity," he says in a low voice. 

For four years, every Friday he raids his 'mobile car', a black Renault Fluence with yellow lines and 'wings'. The superhero logo is on tires, steering wheel, exterior lights and posapies. "It's still from the bank, I have a quota," he explains in the garage of the house where he hides from curious as a magic jewel.

It parks in the "Sor Maria Ludovica" children's hospital in La Plata, a public health center of high complexity, and descends loaded with drawings and sweets.

The Solidarity Batman was seen in civilian, for the first and only time, by two nuns of the hospital the morning of April 2, 2013, when he asked permission to visit the sick.

Without knowing it, it began in this work few years after an alter ego in the United States, Lenny Robinson, became popular among the children by also visiting them in the hospital dressed Batman. He died in 2015 in an accident in his Batmobile.

"There are many reasons why I chose Batman, personal characteristics that have to do with the solidarity, with believing that without justice nothing can work well," he explained.

In the hospital they receive him with laughter.

"It changes the mood of the bad guys," celebrated Celia Quiroz, mother of Pablo Valdez, who at age 7 and a Batman in his pajamas is hospitalized for an infection that prevents him from walking.

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