Move over, Robert Pattinson.
When the Eagles take the field on Sunday against the 49ers, they’ll be the heroes of the NFC East and trying for their first Super Bowl appearance since they won Super Bowl 52 in 2018.
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Long before they were beating down opponents like Batman beats down thugs on the streets of Gotham City, the Eagles came up with player nicknames that mirror the DC Comics superhero.
The team also adopted Caped Crusader imagery as its own during the season, donning capes and masks as they romped through the NFC. When they line up against the 49ers on Sunday, they’ll look to strike fear into their conference championship game opponent.
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What do criminals and those who punt on fourth-and-2 have in common? Answer: They are a cowardly lot. Here, then is the Eagles’ Batman origin story:
How did the Eagles’ Batman nicknames start?
Thanks to their success and their ability to play alongside one another, the Eagles rep three Batmans (not Batmen) and no Robins on offense: wide receivers A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins. They form a three-headed Batman monster.
Brown is known among teammates as “Swole Batman.” Smith is known as “Skinny Batman.” Watkins is known as “Fast Batman.”
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While the wide receiver room has proudly taken up the mantle, the nicknames in fact came from defensive back Darius Slay, who also devised the idea of a Batman cape as a sideline celebration:
A.J. Brown a swole Batman. DeVonta is a skinny Batman. Quez is a fast Batman. So we got three Batmans on the team — but we got one swole, one skinny, one fast. No Robins. We don’t got no backups. No Robins. We got no sidekicks. We ain’t got nothing but Batmans, you know what I’m saying. These boys fly. They fly.
(For the record, Batman does not fly. He glides. I digress.)
Part of the Batman shtick is to wear a cape after scoring a touchdown. Brown bought the cape at Slay’s suggestion, and it popped up on the sideline throughout the regular season.
SWOLE BATMAN.@1kalwaysopen_ | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/8O2DLX69yO
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 25, 2022
The three Batmans may have to make room for a fourth. All-Pro center Jason Kelce wore a Batman mask following the team’s Week 8 win over the Steelers, joining Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck and Pattinson in having donned the cowl.
NO ROBINS ON THIS TEAM@JasonKelce | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/XvWan73mHR
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 30, 2022
The Joker could not be reached for comment.