A man dressed as Batman was spotted on a Batcycle in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture recently and caught the attention of the media worldwide. It’s Chibatman, and he’s been donning the cowl and riding the cycle for three years (he dresses like a Stormtrooper sometimes, too). The 41-year-old recently spoke with BBC News, and while he didn’t reveal his secret Bruce Wayne identity and speaks in a husky voice, he said he’s a welder by day. He told BBC why he wears the costume:
“As for my reasons, during the great earthquake [the 2011 Fukushima one], people forgot how to smile. I wanted to help bring the smile back, and that’s why I started.”
So far he’s poured over $5,000 into the effort, and even constructed his Batcycle himself. I think it’s incredible.
Watch a video featuring the Chibatman story after the break.