Saturday, April 14, 2012

Courage Under Duress, Superhero Style

Many children long to be superheroes when they grow up. I spent almost a full three years of my childhood in a cape, battling all manner of imaginary evildoers. But few of us superhero wannabes ever have the chance. And that makes 7-year-old Kye of Arlington, Texas, a very lucky lad.

Kye has leukemia, and a while back he expressed a desire to star in a Batman movie. Alas, Christian Bale seems to have the role sewn up—at least through this summer. But an organization called A Wish With Wings gave him, I think, an even better opportunity: To be the caped crimefighter for a day and haul in some vindictive villains.

According to the Arlington Star-Telegram, Kye began his reign as north Texas’ surrogate batman by foiling the Joker’s designs on a bank. Next he quashed the Riddler’s attempt to set off a car bomb. And then he had an opportunity that the real Batman never, ever gets: To hold his own press conference.

“I just want to say, that was fun,” he told the media, adding that his skills as a martial artist make him quite suited to superhero duties.

Of course, we all know that the most indispensable quality of a superhero is courage under duress. Kye, I think, has that covered.

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