The Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angelas, CA is a staple attraction for tourists. Not so much for its architecture or its Hollywood history but rather for its dozens of character impersonators that use the famous land mark as a street performing hub. Costumed characters range from Spongbob, Jack Sparrow and Elvis but they are second ringers to the main draw. Superhero impersonators are the real attraction. Spiderman, Batman, Superman and so on are who people want to stop and take pictures with. For these street performers (if you could call them that) playing dress up is their life. It’s their career. Being at the Graumans Chinese Theatre hasn’t hurt anyone. In facts it’s been a great source of revenue for the area. It’s been a symbiotic relationship for years. But, because of a few aggressive and unruly costumed medicants (Fancy word for street beggar) you now have to have a license to entertain on the street. If not, then your asking to be arrested. In fact, much to the horror of children under 10, many of these costumed heroes have been cuffed and hauled off to the slammer. I think it’s agreed that for safety reasons it should be regulated. Arresting, though, just seems a bit extreme.
Anyway, a couple weeks ago there was a documentary about the costumed character’s current situation titled The Ambassadors of Hollywood Now Craigslist TV has put together a similar production, titled Superheroes Strike Back.
Superman (aka Christopher Dennis from the popular documentary “Confessions of a Superhero”) posted an ad on CL to unite the costumed Superheroes that were ejected from Hollywood Boulevard on Memorial Day. They come together – both hero and villain – at the “Townhall of Injustice” to figure out how to fight city hall. Darth Vader, Superman, Charlie Chaplin all clash at the meeting, and can’t agree on anything. Later Superman attempts another costumed walk on Hollywood Blvd. and is again harassed by the police. Now he’s determined to try to get his fellow costumed characters together to finally protest in front of city hall, and take their case to the press.
The two-part webisode runs 15 minutes in length and is more like a reality televison production. It’s now online and can be watched after the jump.