Over 200 people have committed to fight crime on the streets of America dressed as superheroes.
The superhero community (and we’re not making this up) came about after 9/11 as ordinary people wanted to do something about crime, but didn’t want to join the army or police force.
The number of “reals,” the name these superheroes give themselves has surged recently off the back of Obama’s election victory, according to The Times.
The “reals” register at the World Superhero Registry and must commit to certain rules, including standing for unambiguous and unsponsored good, creating their own Spandex and rubber costumes without infringing Marvel or DC Comics copyrights, and matching them with exotic names.
Reals must shun guns or knives to avoid being arrested as vigilantes, even if their nemeses may be armed.
Some members aren’t being taken seriously though, with Black Owl being placed in a psychiatric ward.
Just before you think this is a complete joke, members are already patrolling streets and dispatching with villains. No, seriously.