Val Kilmer Wants to be Your Governor, New Mexico

He’s battled Two-Face, The Riddler, and took on Joel Schumacher’s wandering hands, and now Val Kilmer would like to be your Governor. Well, the Governor of the good people of New Mexico, anyway. That is, if the former Los Angeles native turned desert town resident decides to run. He’s not sure yet, but he’s actually thinking about it. No doubt the recent election (albeit brouhaha-filled) of former SNL man Al Franken to the Minnesota Senate might have something to do with Kilmer’s notion that he could possibly win. (I mean, for God’s sake, people actually voted for Al-FRAKKING-Franken!!!) Plus, Kilmer seems to have been inspired by Barack Obama’s election. Hey, who wouldn’t be? Change you can believe in! You don’t find a motto like that everyday. I mean, it’s, like, about change, and stuff, that, you know, you can believe in. Anyways.

The former Batman star tells the AP:

“I’m just looking for ways to be contributive,” Kilmer told The Associated Press on Thursday. “And if that ends up being where I can make a substantial contribution, then I’ll run.”

But there’s no decision yet.

“It’s really day to day,” he said over tea at a local restaurant.

“What I do for a living is listen,” he said, making a bold prediction: “If I run, I’m going to be the next governor.”

Hey, who wouldn’t vote for Batman? And it’s not like movie stars turned politician is unprecedented. Does the name Arnold Schwarzenegger ring any bells? Or Ronald Reagan? Or, er, that’s all I can think of right now. Two big names that made it in the world of politics, and let’s face it, New Mexico is a hell of a lot less demanding than California or, say, the whole United States.

And how cool would it be to be able to say that Batman was your Governor?

Below: “Val Kilmer? Oh sure, I’d vote for him. As a fellow Batman — GET OUTTA MY SIGHT-LINE YOU PIECE OF EFFIN’ CRAP!!! Ahem. Where was I?”