Unmasked, he is actually a 50-year-old retired police officer, Andre Luiz Pinheiro, who is taking the fight against crime to local schools in the town of Taubate, Brazil. Interesting article in The Telegraph quotes the local caped crusader: “I will not actually battle crime. But I do think I am fighting crime in a preventive way, by helping these children to avoid becoming criminals. This is my job, this is my battle,” Pinheiro said.
Dressed as Batman, the crime fighter tours local schools educating kids on the dangers of getting involved in gangs and petty street crime. He also aims to make a connection with the local community and the police force, vital in their fight against crime. “Police act in favour of good and the state works in favour of good through the police, and since Batman is also a character who works in favour of good, we decided to join efforts to prevent children from becoming criminals,” he said.