News of a sort of real life British Batman was all over the internet last month when Stan Worby (football fan, Chinese food delivery man, Batman costume owner) showed up at a Bradford, England police station with a criminal in hand. As it turned out, the thief was Worby’s pal Danny Frayne. Frayne was wanted for trying to cash a stolen cheque and had planned on handing himself over to the cops all along, but when Worby, fresh from a football match, showed up to give his friend a ride downtown dressed in a Batman costume (cosplay and sports go hand-in-hand in Britain, I guess), they concocted the prank. Caught on the station’s CCTV, the video of “Batman” and his captured criminal went viral and Worby became momentarily internet-famous.
Well, Worby’s back, but this time he’s on the wrong side of the law. He and his pal Frayne stand accused of burglarizing a garage and making off with over $1200 worth of power tools.
Maybe he was broke (remember, he delivers take-out for a living—not exactly a lucrative line of work). Or it could be that he missed all the media attention and the robbery was a desperate bid to return to the spotlight. Or maybe he’s just a jerk that wanted some free power tools. Sure, those are all perfectly plausible explanations, but here’s my theory: could it be that his life is mirroring the exact same story arc as The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises? That is, what if Worby’s taken the fall for a crime he didn’t commit, just like Christian Bale’s Batman does in order to save District Attorney Harvey Dent’s reputation? Only England’s version of Commissioner Gordon would know the truth, and unless he comes forward, the charges against Worby are going to land him in court (and possibly jail, too). Worby clearly doesn’t have the means to go into a comfortable hiding like Bruce Wayne, so if he’s convicted, he’ll just have to do his time. Seems pretty unfair when you look at it that way, right?
Sigh. Being Batman clearly isn’t a pastime for the 99 percent.