Holy bizarre coincidences, Batman! The Penguin is a TEDx speaker?
It’s true. No, we’ve never booked Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot. But we do have Mike Jutan, the crafty supervillain who played the bespectacled and umbrella’d Penguin for Make-A-Wish’s Batkid caper — in which the city of San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City for a 5-year-old leukemia patient named Miles who became Batkid for a day. D’awwww.
We talked to Mike about what he learned from being a supervillain. Below is an edited version of our conversation. Our first question: How did you get involved in the Batkid adventure? Here’s Mike —
This summer, I had a backyard BBQ and my buddy Eric said to me, “What are you doing Friday, Nov 15th?” He said we were going to dress up in costumes and run around in a Make-A-Wish event. It sounded awesome. On the big day, Eric played Batman and his wife was the “Damsel in Distress.” We had no clue it was going to be as big as it was.