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Batman Is Real And He Lives In Brazil

Brazilian Batman is so much cooler and a lot less depressing than Slovak Batman. Police in Sao Paulo have dispatched a retired officer in a Batman costume to patrol crime-ridden neighborhoods, giving children a beacon of hope and helping them differentiate between good and evil. Because he's the hero Taubate deserves. And he has a poodle.

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Retired Brazilian police officer Andre Luiz Pinheiro, 50, dressed as super-hero Batman, talks with children in a public school in Taubate city in Sao Paulo state March 17, 2012. Pinheiro has been called to help police patrol the crime-ridden streets of Taubate, in Brazil. He was officially presented on March 17 in the districts with the highest crime rates in Sao Paulo state. Police captain Warley Takeo, one of the policemen who decided to bring in the character to help them fight drug traffickers, said the measure would bring long-term benefits. Takeo said making a connection between the police and Batman would help children have a clearer idea of good and bad.