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Podcast: Doc Filmmaker Michael Barnett on Real-Life Superheroes

In the past few decades, the movement of underground superheroes has gone from a sparse few to several hundred. Filmmaker Michael Barnett felt compelled to capture the story of these Superheroes in his new documentary, which premieres on HBO August 8.
Real life Superheroes.

Real-life Superheroes.

Ever felt the injustice of the world was a weight upon your shoulders? Perhaps you should go out and do something about it. In the past few decades, the movement of underground superheroes -- regular people who feel compelled to fight crime -- has gone from a sparse few to several hundred. Documentary filmmaker Michael Barnett felt compelled to capture the story of these Superheroes in his new documentary, which premieres on HBO August 8.

Podcast highlights:

  • "Terrifica is a woman who would go out and protect drunk women at bars ..."
  • "Five or six years ago, [the movement of regular people behaving as superheroes] really started to explode and became a nationwide phenomenon ..."
  • "A lot of these guys had been exploited by the media ... so getting these guys to trust us was a real challenge ..."
  • "We're living in cynical times, and I think this movement has arisen out of that ..."

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