In the maze of hills overlooking Los Angeles’ favorite hiking trails dwells the real-life version of Gotham City’s famous bat-loving vigilante. By day she’s Debbie Foreman, but every time someone needs something to smile about, “Batventador” and her trusty Lamborghini Aventador SV will be there to save the day.
Inspired by her love of the iconic DC Comics character and movies like “The Dark Knight,” Foreman took advantage of the striking resemblance Lamborghinis have to Batman’s vehicle of choice. The car is finished entirely in matte black, sporting black-on-gold bat logos on its hood, a crystal-covered license plate and signature scissor doors.
“I got this car because it looks like the Batman car and I love Batman cars, and who doesn’t love Batman?” she explained.
Instead of fighting crime however, Foreman uses her powers to raise awareness for childhood cancer. While she’s a car lover at heart, most of the events Batventador attends are to benefit childhood cancer research, as only 4 percent of government funding is dedicated to finding a cure.
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Foreman was inspired to combine her love for cars and caped crusaders after seeing firsthand how much of a remedy her supercar was to kids fighting the disease. While she was in Austin, Texas for a car event, Foreman decided impulsively to visit the local children’s hospital to show the patients her car. She doesn’t know where the Batgirl costume idea came from, but says it felt right to buy the costume before her visit.
“The kids came out, and the amazing look and smiles these kids [got] when they were going through hell…When you meet kids with cancer, it changes your life forever,” she said.
During her visit, Foreman met a tall, Lamborghini-loving patient who ran outside in excitement clutching his IV bag and couldn’t help but smile when he sat in her car.
The supercar owner learned that this child had refused to get out of bed or talk to staff since he arrived three months earlier, so long that the hospital had never learned his actual height. He only perked up when he got to witness one of his dream cars in person.
“From then on, I knew this is what I’m supposed to do,” Foreman said. “People have no idea that something so small can impact someone’s life so big.”