Are Superhero Movies Prompting Vigilantes

There have been times in my life that I thought about how great it would be to help other people, to reduce crime where I live, and do something positive for my fellow men. Fantasies are one thing, but to consider being a superhero as your full time job...I'm not sure how I feel about that.

According to, there are many people that are donning a costume to hide their identity and taking to the streets to help police fight crime. What feels pretty strange to us is just another day at the office for these guys and they feel as though they are able to make a difference in their community.

Batman helps out police in Brazil. This guy is fifty years old and is a retired police officer. At least he knows the ropes and can defend himself. He does wear the traditional Batman attire, and he goes out and helps the force deal with the problems of the night. By day, he stands a "beacon of light" for kids so that they know there is someone out there to show them the good way to go.

England has their own hero, the Shadow of Somerset. This man grew up watching men beat up his mother and has vowed to do what he can to help his world. He is a father of two sons and married to a wife that supports his work. He is a Ninja of the night, a ghost in the shadows. No one knows he is there until he screams out his war cry and obviously stuns his prey. He works for the good in trying to clean up the streets and make criminals think twice before acting as he may be there watching them, ready to pounce.

"Most of the time when people see me, they kind-of laugh. The reaction I get is exactly what I wanted when I made the suit. I made it kind-of comical. Because if I can stop a fight by simply showing up in a cape and saying Hey, Stop!' like a comic-book character, and they actually stop, then the problem is solved. And no one got hurt." -Phoenix Jones

This man is unique in that he is his own hero. He made him up, no costume inspiration from movies or television, he made up the yellow and black suit on his own. He hunts the streets of Seattle for thugs and wrong doers and tries to keep the population that much safer. Even when someone is trying to help, trouble befalls them. People fear the unknown and place blame where it does not belong, much like Batman had happen to him. Well, Phoenix was arrested and accused of spraying the woman he was helping with pepper spray. In the end, it came out that he had not and was allowed to go back to patrolling the streets once again.

So what makes a superhero? Obviously not special powers like in "Spiderman", these men have none. Their desire to do great things? To be there to prevent tragedies like Colorado experienced with their "Joker" before the showing of "The Dark Knight Rises"? Do these movies make them feel that they are the ones we need to get the job done, or does the world still believe in heroes like the firefighters, the police officers, the teachers, and the paramedics? What about the militaries? I think that if anyone feels the need to fight for the greater good of the people, they should follow the call. None of these men are ashamed of what they do and they do it for each one of us, without even knowing a single person's name.