Team Justice Descends on 'Burg's Film Fest

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teamjusticeBy Taylor Tepper, Managing Editor of New Roots News.
ST. PETERSBURG – Treacherous villains were nowhere to be seen Wednesday, as Team Justice Inc. descended upon downtown St Petersburg. Superheroes Master Legend, Symbiote, Superhero, Capes, Lady Hero and Artisteroi are the stars of Superhero Me, the premiere film of the Sunscreen Film Festival at Baywalk 20.
“I have unlimited metaphysically powers,” explained Master Legend, Winter Park native and founding member of Team Justice Inc., a non-profit tax-exempt organization.
“I’ve died twice, and it’s not fun to die. But, I am here to save the world.”
Other superheroes boast less awesome skills.
Symbiote, another founding member and active participant in the Real Life Super Hero Movement, does not claim to have any special powers. Rather, he recognizes that conscientious citizens need to stand up against anti-social behavior.
“We do a lot with charity, we give handouts, clothes. We make sock and water runs, as well as basic crime prevention. We want to make the society better for everyone,” he said.
Team Justice Inc’s mission, according to their Facebook page, is “[t]o help all peoples currently in need and to protect those who can not protect themselves”
Part of the responsibility, or fun, of being a Real Life Super Hero is donning oneself in a costume, or uniform, that represents one’s alter-ego. The aptly named Superhero embodies this stylish requirement.
The former power-lifter and pro wrestler dresses himself in tight-fitting red spandex with blue shorts. His picture on Team Justice Inc’s website shows him standing beside a flashy sports car.
“It’s an adventure,” explained the Clearwater native. “I’ve been in a fire and nearly been shot. But for the most part, people are appreciative.”
The League is not completely made up of men, however. Lady Hero, for instance, offers her services to the superhero collective.
“My superpower is the ability to listen and give empathy,” she explained. “Most people don’t listen, they just wait for their turn to talk.”
VIPs, board members and citizens of St. Petersburg delighted in the red carpet affair. Most took the opportunity to snag a photo with actual superheroes, and the caped crusaders themselves were friendly and eager to illuminate their mission.
“I’m sort of a mix between the professor from Gilligan’s Island and Sherlock Holmes,” explained Artisteroi. “I make a lot of gadgets to solve mysteries.”
After getting to rub shoulders with their saviors, the public could sleep easy knowing that these heroes are on our side against evil.
Tomorrow is the last day of the Sunscreen Film Festival. Visit their website for information on showings and events.