WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Remember when a guy dressed as Batman was stopped by Montgomery County police back in March for driving southbound on Route 29 in Silver Spring with "no tags" on his Lamborgini "Batcar"? Well that Batman has got a new ride...and it's a full-on custom-made Batmobile.
Lenny Robinson is the name of the man behind the mask, and he dresses up to visit kids in hospitals.
"I'm just a regular guy trying to make a difference in the lives of sick children," Robinson explained. "I became interested in Batman through my son Brandon, who was obsessed with Batman when he was little. Soon his obsession became my obsession. I began visiting Baltimore area hospitals in 2001. Once other hospitals and charities heard about my Bat Car (a Lamborghini) and my authentic Batman costume, I was soon doing two or three hospital and charity events a month."
A lot changed for Robinson in March, though, when the video of him getting pulled over dressed as Batman went viral.
"I was no longer a local Batman, the world wanted to know me and wanted me to continue my work around the country and abroad," Robinson wrote in an e-mail interview. "I started Superheroes for Kids to keep my fans updated on my countrywide and hopefully worldwide trips, and to try and raise funds to subsidizes the visits."
And now that his Bat-gig has grown it's only fitting that Robinson has upgraded his car. His original ride was a black Lamborghini that was "based on the 1959 Lincoln Futura concept".
His new Batmobile is more advanced.
"The new Batmobile took over three years to make, and was on special order from BC firm Unique Movie Cars and Props, which built it to 1960s bat-spec," Robinson wrote. "My Batmobile was built from the ground up, with no donor car....It's also got period-correct on-board props like a Bat-radarscope and a Bat-wing steering wheel, just like the original."
Maybe it's just the inner boy in me, but I find this to be so ridiculously awesome.
Robinson said that both cars were close to $250,000 each.
Asked about what his role is as Batman in today's post-Aurora theatre massacre world, Robinson said the tragedy will not stop him from doing his work.
"It was a senseless tragedy, committed by a coward. My heart goes out to the victims, families, and people recovering in the hospital and Batman fans everywhere. This senseless act of violence has nothing to do with the Batman," Robinson said. "At the heart of the movie is a central heroic figure that gives hope.
The shootings in Colorado was a tragic event, but will not stop me from portraying Batman. I will continue to portray this iconic superhero, giving courage to sick children around the world that need it most."
Take a look at the photos above of Robinson in costume and of his new Batmobile.