Last Tuesday, just after noon, Toronto Batman (a.k.a. Alexander Brovedani) entered the Eaton Centre wearing shiny black pants and brandishing a big goalie bag. He was there to continue a mock brawl with his current nemesis, Spider-Man (a.k.a. Brad Willis), which they were staging as part of The Sean Ward Show’s ongoing “Spider-Man vs. Batman” series. The videos have been steadily gaining YouTube views since their July debut.
While filming scenes the previous night, they came across a man bent over and handcuffed by police. The two lodged themselves behind the police cruiser, saying, “You guys can take it from here, thanks!” much to the delight of passersby.
The two “superheroes” met through the internet. Brovedani, whose background is in stand-up comedy, had grown weary of the busking/birthday-party circuit. He loved Batman and wanted to branch out with a video component—in this case, trading on the randomness of walking around in public as the caped crusader. Past episodes include Batman searching for Joseph Gordon-Levitt at TIFF, and the original “Batman’s Night Out in Toronto,” in which he chats with TTC passengers and lurks around Nathan Phillips Square. Brovedani said that Spider-Man seemed a worthy opponent to add to the series.
As the pair sparred through the food court, the business-lunch crowd gave them a wide berth. While they arm-wrestled, an unimpressed woman sitting nearby stalked off brusquely, guarding her noodle bowl. Others tittered and took cellphone photos.
They managed about three solid minutes of arm wrestling, a scuffle against the tray collection counter, and some heated chirping before two mall security guards intervened outside of Thai Express. Finally, as the two veered into the PATH, Spider-Man body-slammed Batman onto a recycling box and then Batman tossed Spider-Man into a garbage can.