This star’s a Knight, and he’s big and bright: Batman lives deep in the hearts of Texans, according to a new list ranking each state’s favorite superhero.
Using Google search data, online property-selling service Decluttr said that they figured out what crime-fighter drives the most people batty across the country. Texas saved the day (and their search history) for orphaned playboy Bruce Wayne’s alter ego, landing him the coveted title of the Lone Star State’s favorite superhero.
Batman came in second place for the entire country overall, also nabbing the top spots in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, West Virginia and New Hampshire.
Not to brag, but it feels like Austin really led the way here. Our fair burg, home to the world’s largest urban bat colony, is also known as “Bat City” thanks to 1.5 million flying friends. That’s what they say, anyway. I’ve never personally heard anyone call it that, but I’m not opposed to it. The dome ceilings of Central Texas’ caves (and that of a certain bridge just a hop, skip and wing-flap away from where this article is being written) trap heat, a great nesting ground for mom-bats before fall migration. So what I’m saying is that the Austin American-Statesman building is essentially Wayne Manor.
But back to capes and tights. The most popular hero in the U.S., according to Decluttr, is Spider-Man, which is so little of a shock that it would never set off Peter Parker’s spider sense. Tobey Maguire’s chief meal ticket swings to Google victory in Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and New York.
Wonder Woman, Deadpool and the Flash took a joint third place in states across America, which would be surprising if not for an upcoming, history-making feature film, a smash box office hit and a pretty fun TV show on the CW, respectively. Superman and Iron Man only flew to victory in three states apiece. Dotting the map here and there are Wolverine, Captain America, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Green Lantern and the Incredibles, which mostly goes to show that Americans are probably just looking for something to watch.
But let’s not take the shine away from Batman’s big moment. If there’s anything that says “Texas,” it’s a billionaire who’s really good in a fistfight.