"Superheroes" of Brooklyn. The Real Brooklyn.

"Superheroes" of Brooklyn. The Real Brooklyn.

If you empathized with the characters in "Kick-Ass," "Super", or even "Special" then you may not be alone. A new HBO feature documentary film "Superheroes" attempts to delve into the reality of crime fighting in the modern era.

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By neonrehan - 8/2/2011
The films "Special," "Super", and "Kick-Ass" are examples of stories that have used the genre of Superheroes and Comic books as a means to catapult underlying non-fictional heroic themes such as virtuosity, conflict, and perseverance. "Superheroes" is a documentary film produced by Theodore James and Directed by Michael Barnett, which strikes many similarities to the goals and methods used by the main characters in the former mentioned movies.

In summary, the viewer is navigated through various interviews of people through-out cities such as New York who have taken it upon themselves to build alternate personas that they use to patrol areas affected by crime, arguably more so than the average. A majority of these self proclaimed "super-heroes" have constructed costumes and gear to attribute to the roles they play in crime fighting. Some of these non-fictional characters posses skills or assets that contribute to the crime-fighting efforts such as martial arts, weaponry, and tools designed for self defense (i.e. tasers and flash grenades).

It should be noted that a number of the "superheroes" and contributors to the film have and continue to volunteer in the areas of philanthropy, community outreach, civil activism, and crime prevention programs while still putting on the costume and identity. One such character, Zimmer Barnes, a licensed EMT, a journalist and activist, has founded crime prevention initiatives in Brooklyn, NYC such as the crime watch group 'New York Initiative."

Post the completion of the movie, and news of its release, it gained enough attention at Comic-Con 2012 to garner an award in the genre of Indie Films amongst other accolades in other competitions (i.e. Slamdance 2011).

Marketed as an HBO feature movie, "Superheroes" will premiere Monday, August 8th, 2011, at the 9PM slot. All images are copywrited and shared from www.superheroesthemovie.com
KALel3412 - 8/2/2011, 8:35 PM
gonna check it out. hopefully i remember
JULEZ13 - 8/2/2011, 8:49 PM
This is crazy. But interesting.
SeaSerpentine - 8/2/2011, 8:54 PM
I'll wait for the DVD since I don't get HBO anymore.
Joker11 - 8/2/2011, 9:03 PM
Ill watch.
MikeHawk - 8/2/2011, 9:23 PM
STYGR8dotCOM - 8/2/2011, 10:16 PM
Ethic - 8/3/2011, 2:38 AM
Class, but dangerous. I'll defo be watchin' this.
boonguhpan - 8/3/2011, 9:08 AM
awesome article!
I cant wait to check this out!
elcaballerooscuro92 - 8/3/2011, 9:52 AM
they look like villains
ThaMessenger07 - 8/3/2011, 11:12 AM
Some of them I'm good with and I respect. I really do feel that the ones that Patrol Brooklyn need to re-evaluate the Idea. Unless they are tactically trained and have Law enforcement experience or a combat military background, they need to find a new location to patrol.....

Besides that, I will definitely watch this...
ThaMessenger07 - 8/3/2011, 11:14 AM
They also need to not show any skin and they all need vest....not that it matters much in Brooklyn...you know since hollows are all over there....
LP4 - 8/3/2011, 1:59 PM
Wait are these kids for real?

...poor kids won't last long.
LEEE777 - 8/4/2011, 2:47 AM
Sweet looks AWESOME!

My mom's from Brooklyn so hellz yes! ; P

Gr8 find man!
neonrehan - 8/4/2011, 11:01 PM
First article. Hooray. College taught me good.
neonrehan - 8/4/2011, 11:19 PM
still need to learn how to embed http://www.wired.com/underwire/tag/superheroes-documentary/

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