Police stop Chiba, Japan’s Batman (“Chibatman”) from taking part in marathon


RocketNews 24:

It seems that regardless of the place, age, or circumstance, vigilantes will always be met with some sort of resistance from the officials. That was the case this week when the Chiba Prefectural Police Department announced that they would not be allowing the mysterious masked citizen, known as “Chibatman,” to participate in next year’s Chiba Kenmin Marathon.

Chibatman, who had originally been approved by the marathon’s event committee to be a pacer for one half of the race astride his custom-built Batpod, was notified that his participation as a local superhero might be too reckless. Representatives of the police force explained their reasoning by saying that while they do think that citizens and residents would be delighted to see Chibatman participate, there is the possibility that spectators might get too excited and move or jump out on to the road in response, causing an obstruction or accident to occur.




Despite this, permission has been granted for the use of Chibatman’s 3-wheeled homemade Batpod, as there is already a precedent for similar vehicles inperformanceand demonstrations such as parades where riders will wave to spectators in the audience. Hopefully this allowance will make the case for Chibatman’s previously planned appearance.




Chibatman, who can usually be seen riding around the streets of the Chiba Prefecture aboard his Batpod in full costume has been an active part of the community, and has been featured in news reports both locally and abroad. According to several interviews with him, his sole motivation is that he wants to make the people of his prefecture smile.

Chibatman’s inspirational stride through Chiba has been going on for approximately three years now.

Batman appeared in Chiba Prefecture, Japan!

With the unprecedented success of his Dark Knight Trilogy, Christopher Nolan has single-handedly spawned a new generation of Batman fans – an impressive feat considering the Caped Crusader’s inherent flaw as a superhero (his lack of superpowers). Spider-Man fans would argue that Batman is an inferior character because he’s basically just a guy with cool stuff, while others take solace in the fact they too could be a superhero if they won the lottery.

In Japan (the world capital of cool stuff), one citizen is proving that it’s not quite that easy. A video captured in traffic on a motorway in the Chiba prefecture shows a convincing Dark Knight imposter, complete with Nolan-inspired Bat-suit cruising the streets on the closest thing you can get to a Batpod without spending a ridiculous amount of money. While the impersonator definitely looks the part, he seems to lack the heroic spark that makes the real Batman so great.

Instead of brazenly shooting through lanes of traffic in pursuit of super villains this guy seems to just drive around, diligently obeying road laws.