We’ve entered a new phase in the 2016 Clownpocalypse. At first, the internet was flooded with stories of creepy clowns harassing and otherwise terrifying people going about their daily routines. After a few weeks, creepy clown went from being seen as potential perpetrators to possible victims; a government official in Florida urged his constituents not to don rainbow wigs and greasepaint lest the run afoul of a jittery mob looking to proactively defend themselves. Even McDonald’s mascot Ronald McDonald went into hiding fearing potential retaliation for the spate of creepy clown sightings.
But it looks like those unwilling to put the red noses and floppy shoes back in the closet have a new nemesis to fear; apparently Batman has arrived in the UK with the goal of sending creepy clowns back to the circus where they belong. No, really!
Someone in Cumbria, in North West England, has been chasing off those dressed as clowns in the hopes of making children feel safe, The Telegraph reported. A photo of Batman in action and a video surfaced of the British Caped Crusader telling kids it’s safe. A group calling itself Cumbria Superheroes is behind the effort. According to The Telegraph, the group didn’t form to act as vigilantes so much as to reassure children there is nothing to be scared of concerning the clowns.
“As for you clowns, if you want to scare someone, why don’t you try and scare me,” the man dressed as Batman says in a video posted to Facebook.
Considering Batman’s arch-nemesis is The Joker, it makes sense that he’d have a seething hatred in his heart for anyone in wacky face paint!