Batman fan becomes US Senate's alternate presiding officer

Batman fan becomes US Senate's alternate presiding officer

Shillong Times

Washington, Jan 21 (IANS) With the Democrats wresting control of the Senate, the US upper house's President pro tempore, who presides over the proceedings in the absence of the Vice President, has a unique qualification.

Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the longest continuously serving Democrat Senator currently, has not only been a lifetime fan of Batman, but has also appeared in five films of the caped crusader, including cameos in the "Dark Knight" trilogy.

The fact was pointed out by comic book fans on social media.

Beginning with an uncredited cameo in "Batman Forever", he voiced a territorial governor in "Batman: The Animated Series" episode "Showdown" (1995), appeared as himself in the film "Batman & Robin" (1997), and appeared twice in the "Dark Knight" Trilogy - "The Dark Knight" (2008) and "The Dark Knight Rises" as a Wayne Enterprises board member.

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