Taking life advice from Batman may seem like a questionable idea, but Jason O’Connell sees the Caped Crusader a bit differently.
“Batman is the greatest superhero because he’s the most human,” explains the 45-year-old actor. “He’s totally flawed, he doesn’t have any powers, and there’s something really inspiring in that. He’s just a child who went through dark times, and he chose to transform himself.”
O’Connell has related to the superhero since high school, when he would practice doing impressions for a stand-up routine. Since then, the writer and Shakespearean actor’s appreciation has grown into a heartfelt (and, yes, still funny) 90-minute show called “The Dork Knight,” playing at the Abingdon Theatre through Jan. 29.
The show traces how Batman played a role in O’Connell’s life, from inspiring him to pursue acting to finding the courage to confront problems when the temptation was to hide. Over the course of the show, he slips into uncanny impressions of the various Batmen when they’re needed, “taking me to task for things and teaching me little life lessons.”