Is that a cape in your closet?
April 19, 2004 9:28 AM   Subscribe

Batman and Robin have been spotted on the streets of Whitley england, saving damsels in distress, scaring wrongdoers and even chasing naked men from football fields. Other self-made superheroes making news range from the amusing to the disturbing. Even MTV and Stan Lee are jumping into the fray with a casting call for a reality TV show where contestants will compete against each other in a show designed to develop their superhero characters and test their mettle as defenders of justice.
posted by Stuart_R (13 comments total)

Sounds like ccc and his chums from the b3ta board have got another project - or a copycat...

See here for a reminder..
posted by salmacis at 9:55 AM on April 19, 2004

Coming soon to Fox: The Worlds Most Amateur Archvillains! the Flattener's steamroller runs out of fuel! Dr. Hephaestus accidentally tumbles down the side of his volcano hideout! Hatemonger debates weither or not to demand a ransom in Canadian currency or Euros!
posted by Smart Dalek at 10:05 AM on April 19, 2004

and let's not forget Terrifica's crusade to stop drunk people from having sex.
posted by badstone at 10:06 AM on April 19, 2004

Hey, that Batman and Robin happening is just down the road from me in Reading! Maybe we should go down to Whitley Lane and see if we can't spot them. On the other hand, it's likely that we'll get mugged if we go there - it's the sketchier area of town. And you can't exactly count on Batman to always be there. Unless you're his girlfriend. Or maybe that butler guy. But I'm neither.
posted by yoz420 at 10:24 AM on April 19, 2004

I'd like to put in a word for SuperBarrio who has been championing just causes in Mexico city since the 80's.

He did offer to help us in the 2000 elections.
posted by vacapinta at 11:06 AM on April 19, 2004

yoz420: as a Bracknellian, I would like to express my dislike of Reading and my wish to go there as infrequently as I can. That blasted Oracle is my idea of hell on earth, especially at the weekend.

[I just wanted to say that so all the non-UKians here could be like "what!?"]

Oh, and I wonder if they were on their way to a funeral...
posted by reklaw at 11:38 AM on April 19, 2004

I hope that these people can manage to strike down evil with the mighty sword of teamwork and the hammer of not bickering.
posted by soyjoy at 11:43 AM on April 19, 2004

I seem to remember something about Stan Lee dressing up like superhero but maybe that was just an episode of the Simpsons.

The reality show sounds like it might be pretty damned entertaining if its not incredibly stupid but maybe that would just go to its entertainment value.
posted by fenriq at 11:51 AM on April 19, 2004

Destryo:"Vigilanteism at it's worst!"
The Tick: "I'd say vigilanteism at it's finest!"
posted by Capn at 11:51 AM on April 19, 2004

This is what passes for excitement in Reading.

Come friendly bombs & fall on the whole of urban Berkshire;
including the roundabout hell,
that is Brack-nell.

(Saving balding young clerks of course.)
posted by i_cola at 2:08 PM on April 19, 2004

including the roundabout hell,
that is Brack-nell.

You should try doing driving lessons here. Yeesh.
posted by reklaw at 2:41 PM on April 19, 2004

There's an excrutiatingly bad hobby-engineering program on the TV at the moment, where assorted teams get to design there own superheroes, and then make the super-gizmos in a couple of hours out of various vacuum cleaner parts. The end of the show involves them using their badly built "super-powers" to perform ridiculous tasks. (Climbing walls, bending bars). It's probably the worst T.V. I've ever seen, and thankfully I've managed to block the name of it completely from memory.
posted by seanyboy at 4:10 PM on April 19, 2004

I'd rather just play City of Heroes.
posted by Foosnark at 12:03 PM on April 20, 2004

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