As the ‘killer clown’ craze sweeps across Britain, a man has become not only the hero Cumbria deserves, but the hero it needs – by dressing as the caped crusader himself. BBC Cumbria reported yesterday (October 12) that a member of local organisation Cumbria Superheroes is dressing as Batman and chasing down anyone in clown costumes threatening members of the public.
The craze gathered steam in the US in September and has spread across the UK in recent weeks, following the release of images of Pennywise the Clown from the remake of Stephen King’s It. It’s had an impact on the music world too: Slipknot’s Corey Taylor recently announced that the band’s percussionist Clown has changed his name to Mime until the craze dies down.
Though the police have been making arrests of those involved in threatening behaviour across the UK, Cumbria Superheroes stepped in after learning that children were worried to go to school because of menacing clowns. Cumbrian coulrophobes can now rest easy knowing that Batman is out there to defend them.
In response to this British Batman’s actions, children have been thanking him with videos and written messages. See them below in BBC North West’s tonight video about the strange phenomenon: