Confessions of a Superhero (2007)
Of Birds and Planes
By MATT ZOLLER SEITZ
Published: November 2, 2007
Superman doesn’t solicit donations, but he accepts tips.
So says Christopher Dennis, the Hollywood Boulevard version of the Man of Steel, one of many costumed performers — panhandlers really — profiled in Matt Ogens’s documentary “Confessions of a Superhero.”
Mr. Dennis, son of the actress Sandy Dennis, is a former crystal meth addict who owns $90,000 worth of Superman memorabilia and dates a psychologist. Wonder Woman, played by Jennifer Gehrt, is a homecoming queen from small-town Tennessee. The Incredible Hulk, a k a Joe McQueen, is an African-American North Carolina native who is tired of kids asking him why the Hulk is black. Batman, a k a Maxwell Allen, is a volatile ex-thug who wears his Caped Crusader outfit to therapy.
The movie hits a down-and-out groove early on and rings endless variations on the same note: Celebrity is America’s true addiction, and here are its casualties. The empathetic tone draws you in, though, and some of the details are devastating: Superman’s ashtray, overflowing with stubbed-out Marlboros; a street cop explaining which side of the Walk of Fame is considered private property and which is public; a snapshot of Wonder Woman reaching into the driver’s-side window of a car while parking attendants ogle her Amazon posterior.
CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO
Opens today in Manhattan.
Directed by Matt Ogens; director of photography, Charlie Gruet; produced by Jamie Patricof, Mr. Gruet and Mr. Ogens; released by Arts Alliance America. At the Two Boots Pioneer Theater, 155 East Third Street, at Avenue A, East Village. Running time: 92 minutes. This film is not rated.