I’m pretty shocked at how popular the story on real-life superhero Phoenix Jones was this week. Similar news about actual “Kick-Ass” types were all over the Internet last year with less notice outside of the movie blogs (and these costumed civilians have been gaining in numbers for years). For some reason Jones’ recent thwarting of a car theft is getting more exposure. But it is a good time for such a story. While last year’s release of “Kick-Ass” was timely for other news, this time we can look to a new documentary simply titled “Superheroes” for a cinematic connection.
The film, which debuts at the Slamdance Film Festival later this month, does not actually feature Jones or any of his ‘Rain City Superhero Movement friends.’ But that doesn’t take away from the opportunity to draw attention to it. Director Michael Barnett tells me that Jones is a newer hero who wasn’t active when he was filming the doc and admits the toughest part was deciding which of the 100s of RLSH (real life superheroes) to include. “Fortunately, the 30 or so that are in the film do the community justice,” he claims.
I haven’t yet seen the film, but it’s one of my must-sees while I’m in Park City, so I really hope Barnett is right. RLSH is a fascinating phenomenon right now and I’m sure the news media isn’t sufficiently exploring it.
No trailer for “Superheroes” yet either, but here’s Anderson Cooper reporting on the Phoenix Jones story: