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He's inspiring children across Minnesota – but who is this Dark Knight?


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It's not who he is, it's what he does that defines him.

Crime took a break Monday morning, so Batman used his free time to pay Bemidji schoolboy Kody Fischer a visit.

The Caped Crusader swooped in on Horace May Elementary School to be a hero to the 6-year-old – who lost his mother four years ago. Batman read to him, before making his classmates promise to be his "best friends forever," the Bemidji Pioneer reports.

He is the latest Minnesota youngster to have been paid a visit by the mysterious superhero in recent months through "The Batman Project," which according to its Facebook page "aims to make the world a better place by inspiring children and adults that anyone can be a hero, that we all should be heroes."

"Kody has had some special times in recent years, some hard times, he lost his mother, so I wanted to come in here and see him and hopefully, make his day," Batman told Lakeland Public Television.

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And the man behind the mask guards his identity as jealously as Bruce Wayne himself, telling the Bemidji Pioneer only that he's a Minnesota man intent on inspiring children "who are a little down."

The appearance at Horace May was one of several he was making in Bemidji on Monday, popping into other schools and the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, the newspaper notes.

Short of a Batsignal, there's no telling where the Dark Knight will show up next, though his Facebook page – presumably updated by Alfred – shows he has made visits to hospitals in St. Cloud and Minneapolis, and has posted video messages for others.

"Just to be crystal clear: Batman is still on duty. If you need him or know someone who does, simply message me. Batsignals for all of you just isn't practical," he says.

If you need a hero, you know where to go.

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