Friday, February 11, 2011
Bar Harbor Batman: RLSH?
The Bar Harbor Batman with a fan
-Bar Harbor, Maine
Throughout writing Heroes in the Night, especially early on, it has been difficult to get people to understand what I'm writing about exactly.
Example: I told a friend I was writing about real life superheroes, and they were like, "oh yeah, I saw a documentary about them- Confessions of a Superhero."
Confessions of a Superhero is a good (but depressing) documentary about four actors who hang out in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, soliciting tourists to tip them in exchange for a photo with them. They dress as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Incredible Hulk. They are not RLSHs.
There have been an occasional person doing RLSH style patrols in already existing personas (or very close to the source material)- in general, I've tried to stay away from them as to avoid confusion, however they have come up a couple times already. The Heroes of Albany, which were profiled HERE include The Spirit of Albany, modeled after Will Eisner's hero, and Kick-Ass of Albany, complete with the green and gold diving suit. Hellpool(profiled HERE) I think it is safe to say, is modeled after Deadpool.
And then there is the Bar Harbor Batman. According to wikipedia, Bar Harbor is a town of approx. 5,000 people (97.88% white) near Cadillac Mountain and the Porcupine Islands in southern Maine. And it's streets are patrolled by a Dark Knight.
The Bar Harbor Times Soup did an...interesting... Q and A with the cowled crusader here:
His activities include patrolling, stopping in bars, and a "honk for justice campaign."
And apparently, it's spreading in Bar Harbor, because now he is joined by (and having some friendly rivalry with): yes, you guessed it- a breakdancing Bar Harbor Spiderman. I can't make this stuff up.
Story on the funky webslinger here: http://mdi.villagesoup.com/people/story/bar-harbor-spider-man-busts-a-move/379448?source=rss
Bar Harbor Spiderman prepares to bust a move
Would you consider the Bar Harbor Batman to be a RLSH? Vote in the poll to the write and explain your answer in the comments section!