Posted by : Wendy B Tuesday, 9 August 2011

A friend alerted my soon to be posse of the documentary, Superheroes, by Michael Barnett.

I'm not at all surprised by the fact that there are people dressing up as real life superheroes, putting themselves in dangerous situations, and sometimes involving themselves in shady practices like entrapment.

It's not like I haven't thought about being a superhero and dressing up (but dammit, my outfits would have to be way better than those). But, you know, lazy (ref: blog title).

Kickass had Nicholas Cage being kooky. This has Master Legend who believes he has super strength, speed, precognition and a link to God. He is fond of drinking on the job, and keeping freezies in his white van for the kids, while Mr. Xtreme, epitomizes the stereotypical comic book nerd.

Barnett pulls no punches when it  comes to showing how ridiculous these Real Life Superheroes look, act and sound, despte a bitchin' PR campaign.

If you're closed minded enough, the "ridiculous" is all you'll pay attention to, thereby missing the motivation behind their actions. Hint: A few of the Heroes cite Kitty Genovese and the documentary actually begins with this quote from Albert Einstein:
“The world is a dangerous place not because of those who do evil but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
Think about that every time you laugh at them and consider what you've done for your community lately...

2 Responses so far.

  1. Nicely put.

    ~The Eye~ (One of the RLSH's profiled in the documentary).

  2. Anonymous says:

    These guys are ridiculous.. if they want to help people they should become a medic or a police officer.
    They are just looking like fools dressing up like 10 year olds being laughed at on the streets.
    Some of them are even overweight, though thats not a real surprise considering it's in the usa.
    Also the older man sounds dangerous to me, with his "iron fist".
    If they want to be taken seriously they should stop being so naive, im not surprised they havent catched any criminals, unlike the real heroes (police) who dont dress up like retards.
    I don't mean to be offensive but come on.. these people are just being silly, especially the gay guy trying to provoke people into attacking him because he's gay. Like after fighting back they are going to change their mindset on gay people..

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