Real Life Superheroes: No Comment

Reminds me of the Ellen Page/Rainn Wilson geek comedy Super. Kirk Johnson reports for the New York Times:

Salt Lake City: Red Voltage and two of his masked crime-fighting colleagues were approaching an intersection here in Utah’s capital on a recent evening, walking night patrol on foot, when a car suddenly slowed next to them. The night was bitterly cold, laced with a wispy stew of fog that might or might not conceal a thousand dangers. The car’s window rolled down.

“Hi, superheroes!” a woman shouted from within. “I’m in love with you guys!”

Eat your heart out, Batman. In a niche of urban life that has evolved in recent years somewhere between comic-book fantasy and the Boy Scout oath, a cadre of self-cast crusaders — some with capes, some without, all with something to prove — are on the march.

They prowl the night in Boston, in San Francisco, in Milwaukee, in Minneapolis, even as far away as Australia. Whether they are making the world safer or just weirder remains an open question.

Some go out armed with gear like mace, pepper spray or police batons; others say they carry only cellphones, aiming to be eyes and ears for the police, who in most cities, including Salt Lake City, are keeping a wary distance.

“We’re not endorsing them, supporting them, condemning them or anything else — we’re staying neutral and out of it,” said Detective Joshua Ashdown, a spokesman for the Salt Lake City Police Department. “The ones we endorse are the ones we have trained.”

Red Voltage, who in mild-mannered daytime life is a 23-year-old residential leasing manager named Roman Daniels, casually waved a gloved hand to his female drive-by fan. Clad head to toe in a red-and-black leather suit, his face covered by spandex, he is, he said, a different man when the mask goes on — a better man…

[continues in the New York Times]

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  • Vittu

    So fucking sick.

  • Vittu

    So fucking sick.

    • 2453

      Soon the Watchmen scenario will kick in :D

  • Simiantongue

    Now that we know who you are I know who I am. I’m not a mistake!  It all makes sense! In a comic you know how you can tell who the arch-villian’s going to be? He’s the exact opposite of the hero. And most times they’re friends, I should have known way back when. You know why? Because of the kids. They called me Mr Glass.  -Elijah Price

    I have only to befriend a hero and our destinies will be fulfilled.

  • Simiantongue

    Now that we know who you are I know who I am. I’m not a mistake!  It all makes sense! In a comic you know how you can tell who the arch-villian’s going to be? He’s the exact opposite of the hero. And most times they’re friends, I should have known way back when. You know why? Because of the kids. They called me Mr Glass.  -Elijah Price

    I have only to befriend a hero and our destinies will be fulfilled.

  • truth hurts

    don’t worry… soon one of these fucking tards is gonna end up murdered… morons…

  • truth hurts

    don’t worry… soon one of these fucking tards is gonna end up murdered… morons…

    • truth hurts

      oh, so these guys want to keep the streets safe, and they patrolled those streets for an ENTIRE HALF AN HOUR… WOW! talk about dedication…

  • truth hurts

    oh, so these guys want to keep the streets safe, and they patrolled those streets for an ENTIRE HALF AN HOUR… WOW! talk about dedication…

  • 2453

    Soon the Watchmen scenario will kick in :D

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Have to say I’m a little disappointed by the depressingly unimaginative comments under this article.  I expect more from Disinfonauts.

    I think we should salute these fellows for their dedication to surrealistic performance art and social protest.  Clearly something is wrong with a country so pathetically bland and jaded that its inhabitants feel the need to don tu-tus and confront malefactors themselves.  Shows a total lack of faith in the established authorities for one thing.  And for another it highlights the desperate want of forums to engage in interactive mythmaking.

    Yeah, it seems like a statistical certainty that someone’s gonna end up dead or maimed here at some point.  But I’m not yet convinced that the likelihood is any more statistically probable than under the conventionally sanctioned recreations of alcohol abuse or wife beating.

    On balance, it’s a great hopeful thing to see folks actively engaged in creating a world more responsive to the moral imagination.  I doff my Lucha Libre mask to these fellows.

  • Anonymous

    Have to say I’m a little disappointed by the depressingly unimaginative comments under this article.  I expect more from Disinfonauts.

    I think we should salute these fellows for their dedication to surrealistic performance art and social protest.  Clearly something is wrong with a country so pathetically bland and jaded that its inhabitants feel the need to don tu-tus and confront malefactors themselves.  Shows a total lack of faith in the established authorities for one thing.  And for another it highlights the desperate want of forums to engage in interactive mythmaking.

    Yeah, it seems like a statistical certainty that someone’s gonna end up dead or maimed here at some point.  But I’m not yet convinced that the likelihood is any more statistically probable than under the conventionally sanctioned recreations of alcohol abuse or wife beating.

    On balance, it’s a great hopeful thing to see folks actively engaged in creating a world more responsive to the moral imagination.  I doff my Lucha Libre mask to these fellows.

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