Why Superheroes Don’t Exist In Real Life (Featuring ‘Batman’)

I like movies–which has more than a little to do with me writing for a movie website–though superhero films hold a special place in my heart.  As a kid, when I wasn’t imagining myself as Captain Koenig of Moonbase Alpha, I was a superhero, and Bear Mountain in New York’s Central Park (26 miles of parkland is a close to a heaven that a kid with a hyperactive imagination will probably ever get) was my headquarters.

I’ve grown up (slightly) and now prefer my superheroes in movies.  My favorites are Marvel characters like Moon Knight, Dr. Spectrum, Captain America, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Black Panther, etc.

And even though I also read some DC Comics growing up, they never quite ‘clicked’ with me on the whole (though I hope Green Lantern works out for Ryan Reynolds).  I preferred comic books in their  ‘Vertigo‘ line (and never forgave Keanu Reeves being cast as Hellblazer’s John Constantine in “Constantine”).

Superheroes are cool in movies, though to see someone walking around in a costume outside of Halloween takes on a surreal, strange note.

The clip above is a perfect illustration why there’s very few things as uncool (or as odd) as someone walking around dressed as a superhero.

Addendum: I forgot to mention that I probably would not have heard of this story if it were not for NPR.  Thank you.

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