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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Is Apparently Training To Be Batman

I hate to admit it, but I’m more familiar with fictional comic book countries like Latveria, Santa Prisca or Canada than I am with the actual international politics of the real world. Today, however, something came across my desk that blurred the lines between fiction and reality in a way that I wasn’t expecting: A series of photos in the Atlantic in which Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin — seen above just before Roger Daltrey started yellingis apparently training to become Batman.

Seriously, it’s at the point where the you could swap out the captions listing off the 58 year-old Putin’s adventures with Frank Miller’s lines from The Dark Knight Returns or Batman: Year One and they’d work perfectly. Which is why today, I’ve done exactly that.

Actual Caption: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wears a helmet and the uniform of the Renault Formula One team before driving a F1 race car on a special track in Leningrad.”

Batman Caption:The engine, angry, argues the point with me. The finish line is close, it roars. Too close. The left front tire decides to turn all on its own. I laugh at it and jerk the steering wheel to the right. The nose digs up a chunk of macadam. I look at it — then straight into the eye of the sun. This would be a good death.

But not good enough.

Actual Caption:Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on a boat on Lake Ladoga, as he visits the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery on Valaam island.”

Batman Caption:I have wealth. The family manor rests above a huge cave that will be the perfect headquarters… even a butler with training in combat medicine. Yes, father, I have everything but patience.”

Actual Caption:This picture taken on September 19, 2009 shows Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin looking at a leopard.”

Batman Caption:I come in close on the one who looks the strongest — throw him a growl I’ve brought all the way from Africa — and suddenly everything falls to pieces.”

Actual Caption:Vladimir Putin participates in an arm-wrestling contest during a visit at a summer camp run by the Nashi youth group at Lake Seliger in the central Tver region.”

Batman Caption:I can’t think of a single reason to let him live. Except… except he’s got exactly the kind of body I wish he didn’t have. Powerful, without enough bulk to slow him down. And he’s young. In his physical prime. And I honestly don’t know if I could beat him.

Actual Caption:Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attempts to bend a frying pan with his bare hands during his visit to the summer camp.

Batman Caption:From the beginning I knew… that there’s nothing wrong with you… that I can’t fix… with my hands.

Actual Caption:Prime Minister Vladimir Putin looks at a bear.”

Batman Caption:You don’t get it, boy. This isn’t a mudhole. It’s an operating table. And I’m the surgeon.

(Via Josh Krach)

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