‘SUPERHEROES’ & WEAKNESSES
By V.A. MUSETTO
November 2, 2007 — IT’S not easy being a superhero, especially when you have to dress up as a comic book character, stand on Hollywood Boulevard and pose for snapshots with tourists, always being careful to note that you accept tips.
“Confessions of a Superhero,” a warm documentary by Matt Ogens, looks at four of these struggling actors: Christopher Lloyd Dennis (Superman), Joe McQueen (the Hulk), Jennifer Gehrt (Wonder Woman) and George Clooney look-alike Maxwell Allen (Batman).
Most interesting is Dennis, who lives in an apartment overflowing with Superman kitsch and explains: “I consider myself to be a historian of Superman and the keeper of artifacts.”
One woman Dennis encounters on the street buries herself in his costumed arms and proclaims, “I love Superman.”
Others aren’t so kind. Johnny Grant, billed as the “honorary mayor of Hollywood” (whatever that means), labels Dennis and his ilk a bunch of dirty panhandlers, although he does note that he says hello to some of them.
Ogens remains officially neutral. You, on the other hand, will most likely feel sorry for these wannabe superheroes.
Running time: 97 minutes. Not rated (nothing objectionable). At the Two Boots Pioneer, Third Street and Avenue A.