Dark Knight Rises: Batman jailed in Singapore for Theft
SINGAPORE – When Batman Suparman was jailed for 2 years and 9 months final Monday for theft, burglary and consuming heroin, the web world couldn’t maintain again their giggles at this stranger than fiction story.
His story made it onto the record of greatest-learn tales on the BBC web site and spawned artistic headlines that helped take away the tedium of headline writing. (See under for examples.)
However, Batman’s mom is just not amused her son has turn out to be a world sensation.
She reportedly informed Singapore’s mainstream press, sounding irritated to be requested if her son had been named after a comic book hero: “A individual’s identify just isn’t a laughing matter and it’s our enterprise what we identify our youngster.”
She additionally claimed Batman was a traditional Javanese identify. It is pronounced as “But-Mun”.
But specialists that worldwide media spoke to defined that Batman’s identify is more than likely not conventional or Javenese in origin.
Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer advised BBC it was an “fascinating juxtaposition of native naming with Western popular culture”.
Abdul Rahim Omar, a veteran Malay language instructor that the mainstream press spoke to, stated that Suparman is a standard Javanese identify, Batman shouldn’t be and has no which means in Malay or Javanese: “I assume his mother and father have been in all probability impressed by the comedian.”
To determine for your self you possibly can learn this useful breakdown of Batman’s identify:
“Batman, then again, has no false buddies in native languages (so far as I’m conscious). And the character of Batman is nearly as well-known within the area as Superman, so it’s arduous to think about any supply aside from the DC Comics superhero.”
“Could Suparman and his spouse have named their son Batman as a wry joke, enjoying on the similarity of Suparman to Superman? Perhaps, however it will be unlucky for the younger man to be saddled for all times together with his mother and father’ one-time try at humor.”
More amazingly, there’s one other Batman listed within the telephone listing in Singapore. Not so superb although, is that there are 23 listings of Suparman.
Here are a number of the artistic headlines that milked Batman for all its value: