The Batman of Brisbane
One of the most iconic super heroes to burst from the pages of a comic book, Batman has captured the hearts and minds of millions of fans worldwide.
Since he made his debut appearance 80 years ago in the 1939 Detective Comics #27, we've seen countless films, television series, video games, costumes and memorabilia, with Batman lovers always looking for new ways to share their love of The Dark Knight.
Brisbane local Doug McSwain enjoys spending his spare time immersed in all things sci-fi and gaming, but is especially devoted to his all-time favourite character, Batman.
A fan since childhood, 51-year-old Doug fondly remembers watching the Batman TV series and movies, saying it was the Adam West era that started his enthusiasm for the Gotham City hero.
“There have been many portrayals of Batman over the years, but it was Adam West who got me hooked in the original 1966 Batman television series and film,” Doug explained.
With his fandom of Batman growing deeper as the years went on, Doug continues to celebrate his favourite hero with cosplay costuming and by collecting an abundance of memorabilia pieces.
“The funny thing is, I know I can only drink out of one Batman cup at a time – but that doesn't stop me collecting them!” he laughed.
A truck driver by day, Doug loves attending annual conventions such as Ozcomicon and Supanova in his Batman suit, and in the true spirit of his hero, he also volunteers his time to help others.
Doug is proud to be involved in the EB Games annual Starlight Children's Foundation fundraiser, Mater Hospitals Little Miracles fundraisers and the Children's Hospital Foundation Channel 9 Telethon, donning his Batman best and attending local events to raise funds for the worthy causes.
“Brisbane's Batman is always on the lookout to help those in need,” Doug said.
Doug decided to create his own unique version of the 'Bat Mobile', making small additions to his 2010 Ford Falcon FG XR6 over the years to share his pride for Batman wherever he goes.
With its bright blue paint job paying tribute to the blue in Batman's cape and custom Batman badges in matte black adding to the effect, it's Doug's Batman personalised plates with the combination TDK75 that complete the look.
“During the 75th Anniversary of Batman, I purchased my Batman Plate with TDK75, which stands for 'The Dark Knight' and marked the 75th year of Batman,” Doug explained.
From doing good deeds around town to bringing drivers a smile on their daily commute, Doug doesn't think his passion for all things Batman will fade any time soon.
“Since my childhood, Batman has only ever given me more to love! From Michael Keaton staring in the 1989 and 1992 Batman films to the latest Dark Knight trilogy - I don't think I'll ever stop loving Batman,” explained Doug.
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