The Senator who often traded D.C. for DC Comics
Senator Purrington

Senator Patrick Leahy has been in more Batman movies than Batman actors Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney.

Batman

Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) is a huge fan of comic books and particularly Batman.

Such a fan, in fact, that he’s appeared in five caped crusader movies.

An uncredited cameo in Batman Forever started it all.

He voiced a territorial governor in the animated series episode “Showdown” (1995).

Next, he appeared as himself in the film Batman & Robin (1997).

He’s sat on the Wayne Enterprises board for the Dark Knight Trilogy.

Twice.

We’re not intimidated by thugs

His most memorable appearance has to be 2008’s The Dark Knight where he mouthed off to Heath Ledger’s Joker.

He got a knife put to his face for standing up to the Clown Prince of Crime.

He says:  “We’re not intimidated by thugs”, to which the Joker replies, “You know, you remind me of my father. I hated my father.”

In The Dark Knight Rises (2012), he defends the Wayne family legacy against takeover attempts.

As Senator Purrington, he’s on an (explosive) Superman Committee in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Leahy donates most of his royalties to the Kellogg-Hubbard library in Vermont where he read comic books as a child senator.

(okay, just a child).

Happy Batman Day.

Siobhan O’Shea is a freelance writer. She writes about pretty much everything but especially likes to bring readers’ attention to new tech, marketing, human behavior, and other oddities.