Friday, July 10, 2009

Superman and Batman Arrested for Beating Up Some Cops

Reprinted from newsarama.com
Image via New York Post

You heard that correctly. The New York Post reported that the Man of Tomorrow and the Caped Crusader have been arrested at Times Square for assaulting police offers. According to the Newsarama blog:

Jokes aside, what apparently happened is Maksim Katsnelson of the Bronx (Superman) and his friend Frank Frisoli (Batman) decided to dress up as superheroes in Times Square. For fun, obviously. But when the NYPD asked for licenses for them to perform in costume in public (!!), Katsnelson apparently threw the first punch, yelling “I’m not getting arrested.”

First of all, I am extremely disappointed in Superman's conduct here. Nevertheless, I am a little dismayed to hear that the events of Marvel's Civil War have apparently now been transplanted over to the DC Universe. Now the government requires our superheroes to have permits to patrol the streets? Decades of service and now Superman needs to identify himself? Yes, this is a good incentive to minimize superhero externalities, but how can we expect our saviors to protect their own families with their identities registered with the NYS police force? What's next? Is Superman going to be shot outside a courthouse?

Second, if the events of Civil War were to be applied to DC, I would expect Superman to take the role of Captain America and Batman to take the role of Iron Man. But this doesn't seem to the case here. They are both standing up against the Superhuman Registration Act. So who instigated this whole permit thing?

One thing is for sure. This adds to my argument that Superman should not be elected Mayor of DC. All the more reason to support The Green Lantern in today's election.

26 comments:

Jason (Landrieu) said...

Oh this happens all the time. Did anyone bother to ask them WHICH earth they were from?

David Pinto said...

Is anyone else mortified that you need a license to wear a costume in Times Square?

synergic said...

what's next? Catwoman caught by animal control.

algeya said...

even if superman dont need a license to be a super hero
he would get it to give an example
to all those unknown rocky heroes out there

Anonymous said...

I suspect the license requirement is for the right to put on a performance, not for wearing the costume. If the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader were fighting crime there would be no "performance" (other than the aforementioned externalities) and no license requirement. But if they, or any costumed individual is merely parading around Times Square, then a license is required, whether or not they attempt to charge for the show. Any such activity will create a disturbance, draw a crowd, and use public resources and so is subject to a fee. Of course the city may see fit to reward the many benefits associated with having a local superhero by granting a waiver. But neither Superman nor Batman is associated with New York City, so I expect Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four would have something to say about that.

Anonymous said...

come on. gotham city is modeled after new york and to a lesser extent so is metropolis...

Anonymous said...

I always felt like Metropolis was more California than NY.

Bryan Sharp said...

Is that a tear in the knee of Superman's suit? No wonder he was so easily subdued -- he's really let himself go.

ilk7 said...

animalnewyork.com/2009/07/nypd-unmasks-superman-and-batman-in-times-square/superman-times-square-1/

New York Police arrested two young twenty somethings for dressing up like the famed superhoeros last night. Police approached Maksim Katsnelson, (Superman) and Frank Frisoli (Batman) and asked if they had a license to perform in costume in public. When they said no they were asked for ID and they said they had no ID.

Batman was subdued quietly but superman freaked out and had to be taken down by seven cops. Kids were watching the whole thing in disbelief. Do New York City police have nothing else to do than arrest these kids because they were wearing costumes? The question really is, should there be a license required to wear a costume? I don’t know if they were actually performing but were liberal democrats out there complaining that regulation had to happen to stop Metropolis from beating down people on main street?

Batman was released but Superman was charged with assault and resisting arrest. I can understand the assault part, but I just love how you can be arrested for resisting arrest. The assault part never would have happened if the kid wasn’t being arrested in the first place? So what was he being arrested for initially, resisting arrest?

Sure dressing up in tights and a cape without ID in New York City isn’t the smartest thing to do, but did this kid really need to have a criminal record forced upon him? The police should have sent them home at most if they were disturbing the pace or sent them off to get a license.

If superman were real I’m sure he would have been arrested by now for breaking numerous FAA regulations. What a sad land of bureaucracy we live in.
Author: Larry Amon,Baltimore Christian Conservative Examiner

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