LA Times Takes on Superheroes

Los Angeles Times Review

‘Confessions of a Superhero’
November 16, 2007

When Superman’s work is done, he retires to a cramped apartment studded with Man of Steel memorabilia. When the Hulk reverts to human form, he’s a wiry black man who was once homeless. Batman sees a therapist over his anger issues. These are the Hollywood Boulevard roamers for whom a costume, a smile and tourist tips keep their acting dreams alive, and Matt Ogens’ thoughtful documentary, “Confessions of a Superhero,” chronicles their fringe existence with an accumulation of detail, fractured hope and simple humanity that is hard to resist.

We get lots of gently quirky humor from their peccadilloes — Christopher “Superman” Dennis’ serious nature, Maxwell “Batman” Allen’s constant reminders that he’s a George Clooney look-alike — and develop natural sympathy for their professional and personal struggles. (Jennifer Gehrt, a curvy Tennessee transplant who doubles as Wonder Woman, has unforced charm and a winning smile that the camera adores.)

“The characters,” as they’re known to the Walk of Fame businesses and the local cops, cannot aggressively solicit and must let pedestrians approach them. And it’s all in the hopes of one day being famous enough to consider such attention a problem.

“Confessions of a Superhero.” MPAA rating: R for some language. Running time: 1 hour, 32 minutes. At Laemmle’s Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd. (310) 274-6869.

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