Phoenix Jones mini-doc peeks into the psyche of a real-life superhero

Phoenix Jones' tenure as a "real-life superhero" patrolling Seattle's streets has not been without controversy, but it's still fascinating to hear him talk about his costumed crimefighting in his own words. This mini-documentary by the Avant/Gard Diaries interviews Jones about his experiences. » 7/07/13 11:00am 7/07/13 11:00am

Here's Stan Lee's latest sad superhero-based project

Some people get annoyed at Stan Lee's cameos in all the Marvel movies, but not me. Because I know that when Lee is filming those appearances, he's prevented from making the irrelevant, depressing, terrible, generic superhero-based projects with which he's filled the last 20 or so years of his life. Like his latest,… » 11/30/12 9:00am 11/30/12 9:00am

Webcomic Something Positive tackles real-life superheroes

With real-life superheroes turning up on the six o'clock news and providing fodder for prime-time procedural dramas, we've seen some of the most sensationalized aspects of the real-life superhero movement. This year, the long-running webcomic Something Positive has cast some of its characters as costumed community… » 5/05/12 8:30am 5/05/12 8:30am

Real-life superhero arrested for an anti-heroic assault

We've seen people who dress up as costumed heroes do amazing things, like Lenny Robinson, the man who wears a Batman suit to hospitals to cheer up sick kids. And many of the so-called "real-life superheroes" are ordinary people who happen to do their (non-violent) community service in costume as a classic symbol of… » 4/29/12 10:00am 4/29/12 10:00am

Watch the real-life Brazilian Batman take to the streets, inspire millions

Remember André Luiz Pinheiro, the fellow who's dressing up as a police-commissioned Batman to provide inspiration to the children of crime-plagued Taubaté, Brazil? The BBC recently did a short feature on his outreach efforts. Wearing the cowl in broad daylight is definitely a throwback to the "Batman digs this day" » 3/19/12 6:20am 3/19/12 6:20am

Phoenix Jones' journalist pal talks about his times with Seattle's most famous superhero

Out of all the real-life superheroes patrolling the globe, none have captured the populace's attention quite like Seattle's Phoenix Jones, a twentysomething crime-stopper who brazenly hangs out on drug pushers' turfs and defends the Emerald City's neighborhoods with a maniac optimism. » 11/27/11 8:00am 11/27/11 8:00am

Everyone in HBO's Superheroes documentary is going to die

Much as we love Batman, we certainly don't think it's a wise idea to go out into the streets looking for crime to fight. People have guns. They will shoot you in the face. So naturally HBO's latest documentary Superheroes (about real life superhero crime fighters) makes us incredibly uncomfortable. Watch the first… » 8/03/11 12:36pm 8/03/11 12:36pm