I Can Be Your Hero, Baby

Originally posted: http://moviecitynews.com/2010/11/i-can-be-your-hero-baby/
By Kim Voynar
I was checking up on the weather forecast and school closings this morning, and this story about real-life superheros in Seattle caught my eye. Apparently the Seattle group, which calls itself the Rain City Movement, is part of the larger national group “Real Life Superheroes.”
With films like Kick-Ass and Super, which depict average people deciding to become superheroes, and the popularity of the superhero genre generally, I guess it’s not really surprising that normal folks would decide to become crime-fighter/vigilantes, though I’m not sure how smart an idea it is for your average person with a flashlight and mace to be going up against criminals armed with guns and knives.
One of the things I liked about Kick-Ass is its fairly realistic portrayal of what can happen in a situation like that. Kick-Ass gets his ass kicked. Even the seemingly invincible Big Daddy and Hit Girl find they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. Reality meets fantasy and smacks it around, hard.
On the other hand, I can understand the desire of people to feel like they’re doing something to take back their streets and neighborhoods from criminals. The police aren’t always effective, and I suppose it can feel empowering to be a vigilante fighting crime and making the streets safer … until you get shot or stabbed. Myself, I think I’ll keep my own costume-wearing tendencies safely confined to cons. But what about you? Would you ever consider being a Real Life Superhero? And what would your superhero be?

Tagged with: Big Daddy, Chloë Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Crime, Jeff Wadlow, Jim Carrey, KICK-ASS, phoenix jones, Rain City Superhero Movement, Real Life Superheroes, rlsh, Seattle, Superhero, United States

1 Comment on “I Can Be Your Hero, Baby

  1. the term Superheroes is used too much here, unless you can do something special that others humans can’t then you can’t call yourselves super, you’re just heroes, and the police in the US need to leave those people that are doing this alone cause all they’re doing is making sure that they’re neighborhoods are safe, just like cops should be doing. and the more people that do this, the safer the streets might be.