Everyone in HBO's Superheroes documentary is going to die

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Much as we love Batman, we certainly don’t think it’s a wise idea to go out into the streets looking for crime to fight. People have guns. They will shoot you in the face. So naturally HBO’s latest documentary Superheroes (about real life superhero crime fighters) makes us incredibly uncomfortable. Watch the first trailer.

The best part is when they interview fictional hero-creator Stan Lee, and his only thoughts are, “This concerns me.” Want to fight crime? Become a cop. Still, this documentary looks like it could be good masochistic fun.

The only superheroes out of the bunch who actually look semi-intimidating are the kids from Brooklyn (naturally). But then again, guns. Get a better look at these vigilantes with this collection of superhero profiles.

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Look, we know that most of these folks’ hearts are in the right place, but this stuff is dangerous! Here’s hoping the documentary uncovers a little more about the person behind the mask, and what keeps them out on the streets each night. Superheroes will debut on August 8 on HBO.

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Update, 9:35 a.m., May 6, 2020: This post has been updated to remove several broken video embeds. 

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Simon DelMonte

It's always seemed so odd that what I take so seriously as comic book reader is so utterly ridiculous in real life. There is no good reason why someone with the right training and the right gear can't emulate Batman, at least for a little while, and yet it doesn't look like it will ever happen. Society cheers for the superhero in the movie, and laughs at his real life cousin. Or arrests him.