March 05, 2013 7:48am PT by Jordan Zakarin
British Batman Impostor Unmasked as Jovial Prankster Soccer Fan
Unless Bruce Wayne has lavish Gotham soirees serving takeout food and has changed his name to Steve, it looks like the mystery of the British Batman is more hoax than Dark Knight revival.
Late last month, a man in a throwback-style Batman costume hauled a 27-year-old wanted criminal into a Bradford, England, police station in the wee hours of the morning; he declared, "I've caught this one for you," and disappeared into the darkness. The station's appeal to find the mysterious vigilante went viral on Monday, and now, the Bat impostor has revealed himself.
Steve Worby, a 39-year-old Chinese-food deliveryman, told ITV's Daybreak that he brought his friend, Daniel Frayne, down to the police station following a trip to London to watch a soccer match between his home squad Bradford and Swansea. Like many British footie fans, he was dressed in costume while cheering his boys on the pitch; when Frayne, who was wanted for possessing stolen goods, asked Worby to bring him down to authorities, they decided it would be a laugh to have him keep on the comic-inspired threads during the drop-off.
"At the end of the day, it was a practical joke, just between me and Daniel," Worby said, adding, "Danny's a good friend of mine and I've known him for 15 years or so. Who knows if I'll be doing some more crime-fighting in the future?"
One point he did want to clear up: The paunch seen in the CCTV photos the police released actually comes from a tracksuit he was wearing underneath the costume, not a beer gut.