Those who thought they have seen Bruce Wayne driving down Main Street in the Batmobile may not be completely wrong.Cache Valley resident, and self-proclaimed “Batman,” Ishmaal Erekson tells the registrar during car registration that he drives a 1980s Batmobile. After the registrar sees the car, they sometimes let him use this description instead of putting “Subaru Justy,” Erekson said.The black compact car has been converted into a Batmobile, complete with bat wings welded to the top of the car and the yellow Batman insignia on the front and sides.Erekson said, “I’ve always been Batman since I was a little kid. He was my favorite. I’ve always pretended to be Batman because he is the best, there is no competition.”Erekson resides in Providence with his parents who created the Batmobile as a homecoming surprise.After living in Germany as a foreign exchange student his junior year in high school, Erekson came home to find his parents had made his car, which he had named named Stella Luna, into a Batmobile. Erekson’s cousin welded on the wings and his parents painted the yellow logos.The car is not definitively a chic-magnet. Erekson said he gets little reaction either way from women.”When I pick a girl up for a date, they usually just go, ‘Oh, ok,’” Erekson said.As Batman does, Erekson ekes by the law with the legality of his car. When policemen question him about it, they come to the conclusion it is completely legal, Erekson said.Perhaps what completes the Batman package is Erekson’s likeness to Bruce Wayne himself. With a dual-personality, Erekson acts as a student by day, not unlike Wayne, who has his own day-identity as a rich playboy. Erekson is majoring in mechanical engineering at Utah State University. He did not deny his Batman infatuation may have something to do with his interest in mechanical engineering and that he may wear a Batman suit by night.”I really am Batman, there is no pretending,” Erekson said. “I try to save souls and help out how I can.”However, by night, for both Wayne and Erekson, the Batman portion seems to be the truest part of themselves because it is about humanity. For Erekson, this means putting a smile on people’s faces.”It is fun to drive it around the valley; it gets a reaction out of people, usually a lot of smiles,” he said. “My favorite is when I am driving past a family on a walk, and the kids will point and say, ‘That is so cool!’ and the parents will look at me like, ‘uh.’”
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