Citizens for Batman
March 26, 2008
Citizensforbatman.org was the official website for a group of ordinary Gotham citizens who got together in support of Batman, as referenced in the second issue of The Gotham Times. Despite their innocuous mission statements, GPD could not help but notice the militaristic style of the website.
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April 1, 2008
A new update was added to the News section:
He saves another innocent Gothamite from the clutches of evil! Citizens for Batman has invited his latest rescue, Ulyana Kasparkova, to the next meeting to share with us her incredible story! Don't miss it!
Here's what we know - Ulyana was walking down Fleeting Avenue last Thursday. Suddently, ski-masked thugs came out of nowhere and pulled out a pistol!
Then, Batman swooped in, with a classic lasso and hoist (a move he has employed at the docks, and using trees, at Harlow Park). Batman roped the gunman and left him dangling from a light pole for police to pick up later!
Kasparkova has accepted our invite and will tell all! She also works as a dental technician and is expected to offer Citizens for Batman discounts on teeth cleaning! Way to go, Ulyana!!!!!
April 9, 2008
Four new updates were added to the News section:
Life is tough for the vagrants in the rat-infested streets of Q5; violence, drugs and ok. The area is one of the worst in the city, but that didn't scare Batman! "He swooped down from that buildin' ova' there!" said one guy that CFB talked to. "One minute, I'm getting' pushed around by a couple a' punk kids, and the next minute he's savin' my hide. What a guy!" Batman saves the day!
Spread the word: the Gotham Monorail is open for business. The city's daily commuters took to the underground subway system with a renewed sense of confidence last Wednesday. And Citizens For Batman know why - cuz of Batman! "I used to be scared to take public transportation," admitted Maxine Fleiner-Baer, a member of CFB since the beginning. "But, who needs to worry with a strapping hero like [Batman] watching over us?" Who needs to worry? I'll tell you who: anyone who crosses the strong arm of the law. And, no, I'm not talking about the crooked cops of this festering berg; I'm talking about Batman. Beware, evildoers, because the subway belongs to the citizens once again!
11-year-old Francisco Gracia-Godinez won the citywide essay contest with his report entitled, "We Owe Our Life to Batman." The 500-word effort details how Frank and his family barely avoided a gruesome death at the hands of the Gambol crime syndicate recently. "He's the bravest man I've ever seen," little Franky said. "Even braver than my dad, the president and the whole army, too."
June 9, 2008
An update was added to the site's introduction:
There's only one man who has devoted his life, his soul and even his identity to fighting Gotham's criminals wherever they may lurk. He is the one we call "Batman" and he's under fire from the media and the establishment. They've never understood his quiet brand of justice, but the latest development is that we, the members of CFB, are also starting to take the heat.
WE'RE NOT THE PROBLEM
The public has the wrong opinion about Citizens for Batman. Well, who could blame them? According to the liberal press, we're a bunch of violent hooligans who roam the streets looking for trouble. They only got one thing wrong: those are the people we're working against.
FIGHT THE REAL ENEMY
CFB was founded as a network of concerned Gothamites who keep a watchful eye out for thugs, robbers and worse. These should be the targets of public scorn, not us. We are a peaceful organization that operates within the confines of the law and we always have. Don't believe the hype; CFB is here to help Batman without hurting anyone, we're here to clean up this town and we're here to stay!
New updates to the News section:
Batman has been called many things - a menace, a legend, an enigma - but, the one title that seems to follow him wherever he goes is "vigilante." Because of this label, Batman has been unfairly dogged by the Gotham authorities for far too long. But now, voters have the chance to help him do his job. Proposition D will require the Gotham Police to turn their priorities from so-called "vigilantes" and make them focus their efforts on the real criminals. So, when you go to the polls, say "yes" to a safer city, say "yes" to supporting a true hero and say "yes" to Prop D.
When Marc Uttansky's wife dragged him to a costume party last weekend, he was dreading it. But, then he had an epiphany: he decided to dress as the Batman. "It was easy, really," explained Uttansky. "I just made the head out of an old kickball, painted it black, applied some electrical tape that looked like ears and voila!" When partygoers voted on their favorite outfit, Uttansky took second place and he was happy to share the credit. "Thanks, Batman. We're lookin' good!"
The Citizens for Batman will be conducting self-defense classes after their weekly meetings every Thursday, 8pm, at GCCC. These classes are open to the public, but CFB reminds all participants that these are non-violent workshops meant to increase your awareness, dexterity and sense of preservation in the face of an attack. We are not to use these techniques as an offense. That being said, Pedro Malangue is making real strides in his patented "roundhouse scissor punch" technique. See you on Thursday!
June 30, 2008
When GCN solicited their viewers for Batman photos and video, some GCN employees who were also CFB members took it upon themselves to send CFB promotional materials to the participants.
The venture is detailed further here.
April 9, 2008
The forums went online shortly after the site's launch. Only a small number of the site's visitors became registered members, but all the forum threads were available to read.
GPD has archived all of the investigation-relevant threads here.
All of the threads can be read on the CFB site mirror.
"Rossi's Deli" was listed as a former meeting place on the CFB website. The deli's website was discovered in turn.