Superhero lore enthralls Americans, as evidenced by films like “Iron Man 2″ grossing over $50 million in box office sales in its first weekend and the continued push to open the $65 million Broadway production of “Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark” despite several actors experiencing injuries during previews.
Now, a real-life superhero has risen from the ash – or well, rain – of Seattle’s streets to help locals fight crime. And yes, he even wears a rubber suit and a mask reminiscent of the dark knight. According to website The Raw Story, this Sunday “a man, who asked local reporters to identify him only as Dan, said his car was almost broken into by an unknown criminal when out of nowhere a masked man in a skin-tight rubber, black and gold suit rushed in and chased the crook away.”
That masked man was real-life superhero Phoenix Jones, the “Guardian of Seattle.”
The Raw Story noted that Jones “carries mace and tear gas, and a stun prod for fighting off criminals.” Jones told police that his costume is equipped with stab plates and bullet-proof material, as well. Jones is the leader of the ”Rain City Superhero Movement,” who were discovered by Seattle police in November. The Post-Intelligencer reports, “Investigators identified nine people dressed in costume going around Seattle after dark. A police source said the characters go by Thorn, Buster Doe, Green Reaper, Gemini, No Name, Catastrophe, Thunder 88, Penelope and Phoenix Jones the Guardian of Seattle. But don’t listen to Captain Ozone or Knight Owl, police were told. They’re apparently not part of the group.”
Phoenix is a 22-year-old man whose name in unknown by the public. According to the Post-Intelligencer, Jones may have his very own Lois Lane. ”Police say he’s often driven by a young woman not in costume. Officers say she usually doesn’t get out of the car, instead letting the superhero do his thing.”
If your children are inspired by the Real-Life Superhero Movement, but you don’t want them putting their lives on the line, according to Superhero code, there are other ways they can benefit society. The Raw Story says, “You don’t necessarily need to engage in a violent fight to be a crime fighter – you might patrol and report whatever crime you see…. Adherents are encouraged to take action in their communities by posting flyers about missing persons, handing out food and clothing to homeless people, raising awareness of unsolved crimes and even donating blood.” Having a great costume, however, does seem to be a prerequisite.
Jones takes his job – and his training seriously. He says, “I don’t condone people walking around on the street with masks. Everyone on my team either has a military background or a mixed martial arts background, and we’re well aware of what it costs to do what we do.”
Check out this video from KIRO Eyewitness News in Seattle, showing Phoenix Jones in action.