Friday, 13 July 2012

Exclusive interview with the Real Life Batman Rob Thomson

For the past week Cambridge has been watched over by a caped crusader, fighting crime and bringing justice for all. You may have caught a glimpse of the masked vigilante and taking to the streets in his 'Batpod'. Yet his vehicle is made of cardboard, he makes the noises himself and the man of mystery is actually Rob Thomson, a 23 year-old film fanatic from St Ives.

Finally, after weeks of projecting the logo on to the night sky, Batm... Rob has come to have a chat with us.

"The idea for Batman didn't really take long to come up with, we're doing a series of films and we basically thought that Batman would be a really good idea because of the new film coming out in July. We thought that it was pretty relevant and thought it was a really funny idea, especially the image of the Bat-bike. It came up after a conversation about how I could make the video, with my friend. We thought it would be really funny if it was in a Flintstones style - me running about with some cardboard. Another friend, who's really creative and designs really cool costumes and stuff, helped me design the Bat-pod and I got the costume off of the internet. The idea was just to be running around, wearing this ridiculous thing and making the noises myself through Cambridge."

"It didn't take too long to do - we were quite lucky as it was perfect for filming, a bright and lovely warm Monday afternoon. It was quite busy as well - which helped. I basically got off early from work, met my friend and spent the afternoon filming.".

But Rob didn't expect his afternoon of fighting crime to become an internet hit, the video becoming viral and gaining over 670,000 views along with his channel gaining over one million.

"It was a huge shock at how popular it's become. I thought that a few of my mates would find it funny that I was running around Cambridge dressed as a superhero but I certainly didn't expect it to become viral."

"I think there's a certain charm of how low-budget and how obviously DIY it is. I think that's the reason why a lot of people have engaged with it and enjoyed all of our other videos."

"I take a lot of my inspiration from Monty Python - especially 'The Holy Grail' as it's one of my favourite films. I think that there's a real surreal element to my work as we do have a lot of fun and it only really works if you're aware of the films we're parodying. I also love 'Trigger Happy TV' because of the unsuspecting nature of it and how it gauges the reaction of people."

I think a lot of people think I'm a bit crazy - some people try not to make eye-contact or just get out of my way and give me strange looks. Thankfully though, a lot of people don't take it too seriously and just have a laugh with it."

So whats next for Rob's project 'The Robson Experience?'

"We're just going to keep doing what we're doing; I'm really shocked that I now have fans that are waiting for the next installment! We've got quite a few ideas up or sleeve, I've got a great idea for Indiana Jones and some other films, but they are currently top secret. We want to make a new video every two weeks, so you're going to have to wait and see!"

And with that, the mysterious Mr. Thomson jumps into his cardboard Batbike and zooms off. Luckily for us though, we'll be catching Indiana Jones somewhere in Cambridge soon.

Rob's latest take on a blockbuster was Independence Day and can be found on here and to keep up to date with his shenanigans, you can subscribe to his channel at


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