Batman? No, meet Chibatman, Chiba's resident superhero

Chibatman putting on his war paint before venturing out onto the mean streets of Chiba. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Chibatman putting on his war paint before venturing out onto the mean streets of Chiba. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Videos of him zooming down the highway or, like mere mortals, stuck in a traffic jam, have been making the rounds on the web to much amusement. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Videos of him zooming down the highway or, like mere mortals, stuck in a traffic jam, have been making the rounds on the web to much amusement. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The hideout (more commonly known as bedroom) of Chibatman. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The hideout (more commonly known as bedroom) of Chibatman. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Chibatman in action on the Chibatpod. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Chibatman in action on the Chibatpod. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Chibatman adjusting his mask before going out to meet the good citizens of Chiba. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Chibatman adjusting his mask before going out to meet the good citizens of Chiba. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Chibatman leaving his home (no, not Wayne Manor) in Chiba. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Chibatman leaving his home (no, not Wayne Manor) in Chiba. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
On the road in Chiba, east of Tokyo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
On the road in Chiba, east of Tokyo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A fan of Chibatman posing for pictures. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A fan of Chibatman posing for pictures. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Chibatman posing for pictures on his "Chibatpod" in Chiba, east of Tokyo, on Aug 31, 2014.-- PHOTO: REUTERS
Chibatman posing for pictures on his "Chibatpod" in Chiba, east of Tokyo, on Aug 31, 2014.-- PHOTO: REUTERS
A 41-year-old man going by the name of Chibatman rides his "Chibatpod" on the road in Chiba, east of Tokyo, on Aug 31, 2014.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A 41-year-old man going by the name of Chibatman rides his "Chibatpod" on the road in Chiba, east of Tokyo, on Aug 31, 2014.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

It seems like Gotham City is missing its resident superhero. The Dark Knight has been spotted in the eastern Japanese prefecture of Chiba and locals have adopted him as their very own "Chibatman". 

This incarnation of the caped crusader is a mysterious 41-year-old who dresses up in a similar Bat suit that Christian Bale donned in the latest Batman blockbuster, The Dark Knight rises. 

Chibatman even zooms down highways on a three-wheeled motorcycle, inspired by the "Batpod" vehicle from the Christopher Nolan Batman films. 

But Chibatman is not so much about staying in the shadows and hunting criminals, as he is about delighting his city dwellers out in the open. Videos of him on his trusty motorcycle have been setting the Internet abuzz.