Like most kids, when I used to watch Superman and Wonder Woman in cartoons, I asked my mom if superheroes existed in real life. When she said no, it was almost as devastating as learning that there is no such thing as a man dressed in a red suit who comes down the chimney to deliver presents made by elves. I eventually recovered and got over it.
I suppose when kids these days ask their parents that same question, the answer might be different. Apparently in the United States, everywhere from New York to San Diego, there is a “growing real life Superhero community.” Who are these people? They are ordinary regular people who perfect certain skills to protect others, usually strangers. These people wear capes and masks, and they even have superhero names (alter egos). They fight against crime, apathy and homelessness.
I know you are thinking this must be a joke. I was too. I mean, it’s ridiculously funny to think of grown adults dressing in colored tights running down the street to protect the innocent. However, it’s real and there is even a documentary, which airs on HBO in a few days about it. If you miss watching it then, I’m sure you will have another opportunity to see it because I have a feeling this isn’t going away any time soon.
Is this a reaction to people’s lost confidence in the government’s ability to protect us and act in our best interest? Is this just a gag? Is this a group of people who have lost their minds? Is this just a way to get attention? I don’t know the answers to any of these questions. All I know is that I support any group of people who are trying to make the world a better place, even if they are wearing masks and colored capes. This documentary is based on the 300 registered superheroes in the United States. You can learn more at Superheroes.
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