In March of 2012, the internet blew up over Batman being pulled over in a custom Bat-Lamborghini on Maryland’s Rout-29. The Caped Crusader was stopped by highway patrol due to problems with his Batman painted plates, which in turn had the effect of making Leonard Robinson an instant Web sensation.
The viral video of him being pulled over by police was viewed millions of times on the internet and was even joked about on late nights Jimmy Fallon, among others, but this really isn’t what made this special and big hearted hero famous.
Leonard Robinson’s, tireless work visiting with sick and underprivileged kids throughout the greater Maryland area dressed as Batman, along with so many other school and public appearances, as well as the many good deeds he performed while suited up as the legendary Dark Knight is what this Hero and Father of three boys was known for.
In essence Leonard Robinson had a passion for bringing laughter and happiness to the faces and hearts of countless kids and even adults who needed more than anything; a little hope, happiness, inspiration and strength just at that moment when he was visiting with them.
Making a difference in peoples lives is what made Leonard keep dressing up in the hot and sweaty Bat-suit time and again; not to mention the many thousands of dollars he freely spent on his Bat suit, Bat vehicles (including a classic 1960’s Bat-mobile) along with batman memorabilia he would give away to those he visited with.
Regretfully, on Sunday, August 16, 2015, Leonard Robinson was stopped with engine trouble on Interstate 70 near Hagerstown, Md, when another vehicle struck the back of Robinson’s car and the legendary hero and champion to many was reported dead at the scene.
While the citizens of Maryland, the cosplay community along with geeks, nerds, Moms, Dads and kids everywhere may have lost a bright light and selfless hero with Leonard’s passing, his family as well as our greater community as a whole can all take solace not in what Leonard left behind, but rather in the way he lived his life!
Leonard Robinson was plain and simply a hero who stood out from the rest of us and did all of those good deeds he did not because he craved the attention or adoration of those he touched, but because what he did he did because it was the right thing to do.
Leonard made a difference in the world and he shall not be forgotten for his dedication and selfless service to those in need of his strength, love and heroism. Thank you for your service Batman and rest well knowing that you made a big difference in many lives and served the rest of us in ways we will never truly ever be able to repay you, except perhaps by saying, “You made us believe in Heroes when we sometimes had no hope left and for that we will never forget you Batman!”