Every once in a while, a news headline on the newspaper or your social media account's newsfeed catches your attention because of how absurd it is. The story is just so unbelievable, you would swear it was a joke written by some guy at The Onion.
This was the case for Seattle policemen and comic fans alike because on July 25, 2016, a man was arrested for throwing a Batarang at a police vehicle.
The man responsible for throwing one of Batman's signature weapons at a police car was no crime fighting vigilante or a Dark Knight but, rather, an unruly patron at a local bar in Capitol Hill. According to police reports, the 23-year old suspect was threatening a bouncer with an improvised spear and scaring other people in the area.
When the police arrived after concerned people called the authorities, the suspect promptly ran away. As the police chased him down in their vehicle, the suspect reportedly threw something at them, which they only found out to be a “a sharp, black Batman-style throwing star” after they apprehended the suspect and examined their car. The Batarang was also wrapped with some rope, possibly done to make the blade easier to throw and safe for the user's fingers.
While no injuries were reported and the police vehicle only attained minor damages to its bumper, the incident was still no doubt a bizarre one for Seattle police. The suspect is currently in police custody at the King County Jail and is facing charges for felony assault with the additional charges of possession of unregistered weapons and obstruction of justice.
As of this moment, the police have no clear intention behind the suspect's actions, or why he went to a bar with these deadly weapons in the first place.
What's A Batarang?
Batman is known for utilizing a plethora of typically non-lethal weapons that begin with the word "Bat" in his crusade against crime (including some pretty ineffective ones), with the Batarang and its various design changes being the most famous of his handheld crime-fighting tools (a. The Batarang used in the reported incident closely resembles the one last seen in The Dark Knight Rises, the finale of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Saga.
As of this writing, it is currently unknown if the Batarang used by the suspect came from an official Batman merchandise lineup, but it was confirmed to not be homemade as it had the words "Made in China" embossed on one side. Authorities stated that it's possible the suspect sharpened a simple metal replica of the Batman prop or he purchased the Batarang in its current, deadly form.
Normally, Batman would use his Batarangs to incapacitate enemies or knock their weapons out of their hands, but depending on the writer, he could also use the weapon for lethal purposes. Frank Miller's Batman and by extension the Batman we see in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice used his Batarangs with the intention to stab his opponents from a distance, turning what was originally the equivalent of a gimmicky boomerang into a ninja-styled throwing star meant for maiming people from afar.
Even if making a Batarang is actually possible in real life, Batman would definitely not be pleased if his signature weapon was used by others against policemen. Unless, of course, the Batman in question either came from an Elseworlds-styled alternate reality where the Dark Knight was being hunted down by the authorities or if it were the psychotic Batman from Frank Miller's notorious All Star Batman and Robin.