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"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them".
Some started out with nothing more than a hunger for justice and a cheap sewing kit. Others stumbled their way into superpowers without a good-natured Uncle Ben to instill the "With great power..." creedo. All of them will be celebrated this week by the League of Extremely Ordinary Gentlemen as week we sing for the unsung Do-it-Yourself Superheroes!Granted they aren't all genuine superheroes. Some of them are outright douchebags with powers and/or costumes, but they do all represent a more realistic (more cynical, less corporatized) take on the genre.
Also this is a topic where NOBODY should be asking us, "What super power would you have if...? Anything else though, please ask away.
WARNING: Crazy busy week here at Spill.com so this episode of LEOG won't post until Saturday morning. Listen to it while you eat your Cap'n Crunch.
The turning point for most homemade heroes bears many similarities to those of the "real" superheroes, be it intentional, or being forced into serving justice by a tragedy. My question for the League Lair is, does this sometimes take you out of a homemade hero movie, where you notice the resemblances to more popular heroes or villians? Is originality important?
Long live the League!
With the recent influx of films that use the "why don't people in real life become superheroes" question as a plot, do you think that these types of films are more interesting when exploring the possibilities of being spurred on by mental illness(e.g. Super, Defendor, Special) or using the lead characters appreciation of mostly comic books as references (e.g. Kick-Ass)?
In Alan Moore's Watchmen, all of the superheroes, except for Dr. Manhattan are self-made. This leads to a very fascinating look into the motivations for someone wanting to put on a costume and fight crime without super powers. However, what do you think this means for the human psyche when they put on the costume? Is it a type of self-determined duty that makes these characters put on their costumes? Or is it simply a type of mental illness that allows for them to put on the costume and say, not any of you in that same regard?
If you became a superhero, who would like to produce the comic and eventual movie about your origin? Or would you take the TV serial route in how your story would reach the masses?
Dear League of Extremely Schizophrenic Psychopaths in garish costumes,
If you guys were street-tough, urban heroes, what sandwiches or cheap fast food would you give to homeless people? I ask only because these "real life superheroes" don't do any of that cool shit, like taking down organized crime, or exposing the institutionalized corruption within urban politics. They'd get their shit wrecked if they tried. Hell, you never even see Phoenix Jones fight any colorful villains, for Christ's sake. What I'm trying to say is that if you nerds were heroes, would you champion for social justice, for the rights and freedoms of the common man, or would you just recycle and shit?
Long live the League
Hello Members of the League,
I'm sure this question will come up but it's the one I always think of when i think do-it-yourself heroism.
Do you feel that if a person in real life was given superpowers they would use it for pure good intentions? Personally, I feel a person given powers would use them for some kind of personal gain or at least advantage no matter how many values they are raised on. I would love to hear your theories on the matter.
Thanks and as always, Long Live the League!!!
I'm not sure if y'all like hypotheticals, but here is one for your consideration.
Hypothetically speaking, what would the League's stance on a true homemade hero aka vigilante be? If someone in real life took it upon themselves to don a mask and weapons to combat the criminals of a major city, would y'all support him/her? Would your support extend only to the capture and arrest of criminals or all the way to lengthly hospital stays and murder? Would it matter if the victims of a vigilante were hardened criminals such as convicted murderers, rapists and gang members? How bad would circumstances have to be in a city for you to get behind a true vigilante; LA riots bad, where authorities have lost control or V for Vendetta-like where the authorities have too much control?
Thanks for humoring me and Long Live the League!!!
Has your desire for an Unbreakable sequel been curbed by the release of Chronicle?
What Real-Life superhero do you think can actually turn out to be a total bad ass with proper training?
If you all did become a group super heroes (like the Super Friends), what would be your 'Legion of Doom' be called and who would be in it? (and you can't choose anyone from Let's Do This)
How would you design your costume and who would you have make it? (In secret of course)
The Motherfuckin' Nighthawk!