An episode of the guerilla documentary series G4 Underground explored the exact same story a few years ago, but like everything HBO does, this new documentary takes it to a new level. Directed by Michael Barnett, it reveals the multifaceted lives of these crusaders. Are they vigilantes? Do they have psychological issues? Are they seeking publicity, fame, and fortune? Or are they genuine do-gooders trying to make a positive difference in this troubled world of ours?
The 82-minute film documents the lives of such real-life superheroes as Mr. Xtreme in San Diego, Zimmer in Brooklyn, Master Legend in Orlando, Life in Manhattan, and Apocalypse Meow in Portland. It's a truly eye-opening revelation of a very real subculture.
Superheroes is part of HBO's Documentary Films Summer Series. Other titles include Bobby Fischer Against the World, A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt, Sex Crimes Unit, Hot Coffee, Citizen U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip, Love Crimes of Kabul, Mann vs. Ford, There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane, Koran By Heart, and Gloria: In Her Own Words.
Like many of HBO's fine programming, Superheroes will be repeated a lot of times, so check your TV listings and don't miss it.