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The Batman identity

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Daryl Katz has a super-hero nickname.

A Facebook posting late last month has taken off in the Internet world and has led to Katz being called Batman.

"People are discovering that Billionaire Daryl Katz, the owner of Rexall Drugs is Batman," reads the posting by Raoul Bhatt.

"This group is dedicated to those who want to connect with others in Edmonton that think the same and want to expose the truth.

"We know his mansion on the hillside is built over the Batcave with walls of TV screens that watch us all. We know his vehicle has a hidden jet engine and super advanced defence capabilities that keep our streets safe at night!

"WE KNOW WHO YOU REALLY ARE DARYL KATZ!!! YOU'RE BATMAN!!!"

A very private individual, Katz rarely shows his face to the media cameras. In fact, the new Edmonton Oilers owner handled yesterday's lengthy media interview session by conference call.

To no surprise, Katz hadn't seen the Facebook site when it was brought to his attention. But it has recently become a hot page among Oilers fans.

"It is pretty impressive," said Bhatt last night on the Internet traffic.

There is no way to track how many hits the site has received, but the number of members joining the discussion group reached almost 130 last night.

"It makes perfect sense," said Bhatt on the Batman reference.

A 28-year-old Edmontonian, Bhatt owns an advertising agency called Huge Photo. Ironically, clever illustrations are showing up on the 'Billionaire Daryl Katz is Batman' page. In one doctored photo, the Batmobile is cruising past Rexall Place. In another picture, the Batmobile is parked outside Katz's mansion.

"If I was Daryl Katz, I would be laughing about this," said Youyi Baig, who is one of the site's officers.

Baig also pointed out that Katz's initials D.K. match with the upcoming movie called the Dark Knight - which is about Batman.

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Katz revealed yesterday afternoon that he might consider setting aside 2,000 seats at Oilers games in a new arena for children and parents that couldn't afford the regular high cost of NHL tickets.

Katz made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Sun Media columnist Bob Stauffer on Total Sports on TEAM 1260 radio.

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Katz is already hearing about the possible spinoff business his drugstores could attract because of the Oilers purchase.

"I received an e-mail this morning from one of our franchisees who operates a pharmacy under one of our brands and she was absolutely elated to hear the news that we had bought the team," said Katz, who owns an estimated 1,800 drugstores.

"She said her customers were all coming in excited and she was receiving calls from other customers-to-be who weren't customers of hers yet.

"So, I see a great opportunity to distinguish ourselves in the market through the Oilers and the sport of hockey in general."

The business tycoon is hoping sales at Rexall drugstores in the Calgary market won't drop with news of the Oilers purchase.


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