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Gotham Citizen to President Over Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial

A person who has spent some time in the fictional Gotham will be playing a major role in the second impeachment trial of former-President Donald Trump. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will preside over the impeachment trial.

With Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts declining to oversee the trial (Chief Justices preside over sitting Presidents), the duties fall to the Senate President Pro Tempore. That position has historically done that over impeachment trials for non-presidents.

Senator Leahy is a huge Batman fan and has appeared in some of the Batman movies and voiced characters. That was Senator Leahy standing up to Heath Ledger’s Joker in the Dark Knight. The Senator has appeared in five Batman films (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) as well as voiced a character in Batman: The Animated Series. He’s also credited with being in My Wife is a Vampire.

Leahy has taken on numerous roles, depending on the film, though usually a politician. He’s been credited as himself in two films, Territorial Governor in Batman: The Animated Series, Board Member #2 in The Dark Knight Rises, and Senator Purrington in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While we can’t say 100% that the Senator’s characters live in Gotham, he does spend a lot of time there.

Yes, the President Pro Tempore has spent time in Gotham and faced the Joker. We have little doubt he’ll have trouble facing objections during the trial.

The position of Senate President Pro Tempore is one of those that’s rather obsucre. A member of the Senate they’re third in line of succession to the President. The position is bestowed upon the longest-serving senator of the majority party. It is now held by Patrick Leahy who was once again sworn into the role on January 20, 2021 when the Democrats became the majority party in the US Senate.

Senator Leahy debuted in this new role today overseeing the first steps in the trial which included the swearing in the rest of the Senate and taking his own special oath as “judge” of the trial. The official trial will take place in a few weeks.

After today’s initial proceedings ended Leahy was taken to a hospital after an abundance of caution due to discomfort. He’s expected to resume his duties on Wednesday.

President Pro Tempore, Third in Line of Presidential Succession, Batman Fan and Actor

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It seems the geeks have inherited the Earth, but when it comes to American politics, comic geeks (and geeks in general) seem to be the ones in charge. President Obama is an admitted comic book fan, having read and collected Spider-Man and Conan. former Congressman Grayson is a comic fan who has often quoted comics and used them in political speeches. Recently elected Senator Jon Ossoff has had thoughts on Star Wars and anime. And, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez regularly streams on Twitch and plays video games.

The Senate once again has a new number two, who also happens to be a Batman fan. The new President Pro Tempore (pro tem) of the United States Senate is Senator Patrick Leahy (D – Vermont). Leahy was sworn into the position on January 20, 2021, as the Democrats regained the Senate Majority. This is the second time he held the position. Leahy previously held the role starting in December 2021 after the passing of Senator Inouye. He held the position until January 2015.

The President Pro Tempore is a position created by the Constitution, and is the chamber’s second-highest-ranking official, after the Vice President. Basically, that person runs things when the VP isn’t around. By tradition, the Senate unanimously elects the most senior senator in the majority party to fill the position, which also makes the person third in the line of succession. While the position has played a bigger role in the past, its duties have lessened over the years.

Senator Leahy is a huge Batman fan and has appeared in some of the Batman movies and voiced characters. That was Senator Leahy standing up to Heath Ledger’s Joker in the Dark Knight. The Senator has appeared in five Batman films (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) as well as voiced a character in Batman: The Animated Series. He’s also credited with being in My Wife is a Vampire.

That fandom and those appearances have also raised some eyebrows. Senator Leahy has stood up for and fought for Hollywood when it comes to things like intellectual property protection. We’re sure being in movies and those policies are not related at all…

Nonetheless, it’s another example of comic fans dominating politics.

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What did everyone get that they enjoyed? Any recommendations?

While you think about that, here’s some comic book news and reviews from around the web.

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Sen. Leahy’s Batman v. Superman Role Revealed

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy is a huge Batman fan. So much so that he’s appeared in numerous Batman films, and voiced characters. We got word the Senator would be appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it was unknown as to what he’d be doing.

The latest trailer that has been released has provided some hints. The Senator is present in what looks like a Senate hearing. So looks like the Senator is sticking to a role he’s quite familiar with.

You can check out a screen shot of the scene below. That’s him in the gray suit standing behind the podium towards the middle.

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Ben Affleck Confirms Senator Leahy will be in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Actor Ben Affleck, who will be donning the cape and cowl as Batman in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, confirmed at a Senate hearing that Senator Patrick Leahy will indeed be in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Affleck is a co-founder of the Eastern Cong Initiative and was testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Diplomacy and National Security about the situation in the Congo (alongside Bill Gates) where he said:

To Senator Leahy, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my co-star in Batman. The role is marginally smaller than mine but I understand you’re quite good.

Senator Leahy is a diehard Batman fan, and has appeared in numerous films and voiced characters which led some to speculate if he’d be in the latest film to feature the Dark Knight. Leahy is also a vocal proponent for Hollywood (especially when it comes to intellectual property), often fighting their battles for them in the Hill, which calls into question his numerous appearances.

(via ABC News)

Will Senator Patrick Leahy be in Batman v Superman?

patrick leahy dark knightThe President Pro Tempore (pro tem) of the United States Senate Senator Patrick Leahy (D – Vermont) is a long time fan of Batman becoming a fan at a young age. 50 year later the Senator can still quote from the comic books he grew up on. The Senator who has stood up for and fought for Hollywood when it comes to things like intellectual property protection has also appeared in numerous Batman films including standing up to Heath Ledger’s Joker in the Dark Knight. This conflict has raised some questions on Hollywood’s influence on the Senator.

But, with a new film around the corner starring the Dark Knight, will we see Senator Leahy in the film?

“It’s a fascinating movie. It will have superb actors in it,” Leahy told ABC News, stressing the word “superb,” in an interview posted Friday.

“My intuition says you’re in it, so we’ll leave it at that,” correspondent Jeff Zeleny replies to Leahy.

“We’ll leave it at that,” the lawmaker says with a grin.

 

When the film hits theaters next year keep an eye out for him. In between, we’ll see how many pieces of legislation the Senator pushes for his Hollywood friends.

(via The Hill)

President Pro Tempore, Batman Fan

patrick leahy dark knightIt seems the geeks have inherited the Earth, but when it comes to American politics, comic geeks (and geeks in general) seem to be the ones in charge. President Obama is an admitted comic book fan, having read and collected Spider-Man and Conan. Congressman Grayson who was re-elected to congress is a comic fan who has often quoted comics and used them in political speeches.

The Senate, now has a new number two man, who also happens to be a comic fan. The new President Pro Tempore (pro tem) of the United States Senate is Senator Patrick Leahy (D – Vermont). Leahy was sworn into the position on December 17, after the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye.

The President Pro Tempore is a position created by the Constitution, and is the chamber’s second-highest-ranking official, after the Vice President. Basically, that person runs things when the VP isn’t around. By tradition, the Senate unanimously elects the most senior senator in the majority party to fill the position, which also makes the person third in the line of succession.

Senator Leahy is a huge Batman fan and has appeared in some of the Batman movies and voiced characters. That was Senator Leahy standing up to Heath Ledger’s Joker in the Dark Knight.

That fandom and those appearances have also raised some eyebrows. Senator Leahy has stood up for and fought for Hollywood when it comes to things like intellectual property protection.

Nonetheless, it’s another example of comic fans dominating politics.