Stephen King has never kept his love for Batman secret. In 2012 the acclaimed horror writer channeled his energy into creating a Batman short story. Now, thanks to Wired, we are able to listen to that story in audio form.
The story premiered on NPR’s newest podcast, Too Hot for Radio, and was read by guest actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Public Enemies). King describes Batman as “just a guy”, which is what drew him to the character the most.
A middle-aged man named Sanderson brings his Alzheimer’s-afflicted father to Applebee’s for their weekly lunch, where for three years they have ordered the same food and had the same conversation. Just as Sanderson despairs of finding any shred of the man who raised him, he’s saved from a brutal assault to find his father wielding a weapon procured in a moment of lucidity.