The Dark Knight had risen (again) in the name of charity. More than 500 employees dressed head-to-foot as Batman gathered outside the headquarters of Nexen, an oil and gas company, in order to raise money for charity and break a world record in the process. The full 542 participants had their costumes inspected by a Guinness Book of World Records staffer who, after ensuring they all stood together for five minutes, pronounced the group the official world record holders of the title: “Largest Gathering of People Dressed As Batman”.
The gathering of 542 Batmen (and women) kicked off a campaign for a United Way charity The previous record was a paltry 250. Organiser Dave Kelly said to Canada’s Metro News: “We blew apart the old record”. The surreal scene, organised by charity United Way, which empowers individuals and families to achieve their potential through education, income stability and health, was part of the charity’s superherothemed 2014 fund-raising campaign. As Batman himself would say: “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.”