J.J. Watt moonlights from the Houston Texans to become the Dark Knight, as the defensive end makes a visit to the Texas Children’s Hospital dressed as Batman for their “Spirit of Halloween” event. Signing autographs, painting pumpkins, and greeting his young fans, Watt did his best imitation of Christian Bale, who played the brooding superhero in Christopher and Jonathan Nolan’s trilogy that has begun and risen with over two billion dollars worldwide.
“We live in a cynical world, where you have the media along, people think that you’re doing it for the wrong reasons” Watt said on NBC’s “Today”. “But it’s one of those things that I also like the time where it’s just me and the patients, it’s just me and the kids. We don’t have any distractions. We don’t have anybody else around; it’s just us. But, nowadays, even when we do go and there’s no media, it still gets out. So, it’s kinda a lost cause, and now I’m kinda at the point where it’s just like, ‘You know what? We should share some of these good stories because it’s so inspiring to see these kids and see the smiles on their faces’.”
Batman may be ‘cynical’ due to his endless years of fighting crime and corruption in the ‘cynical world’ of Gotham City, but the mask that brings fear among his rogue gallery of villains (e.g. Joker, Penguin, Riddler, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, Bane, Scarecrow, Ra’s al Ghul, Catwoman, etc.) remains the same: a symbol that is meant to inspire good, as well as well as bringing hope back to our everyday ‘cynical world’.