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.