The Man of Steel and The Caped Crusader were in town the other night, appearing live and in-person in Times Square, when they were approached by curious police officers. The cops believed that Superman was panhandling and, even worse, that both he and Batman had dressed up as superheroes without a license. They moseyed over to Superman (aka Clark Kent of the Daily Planet via the Planet Krypton… now aka Maksim Katsnelson, 23, of the Bronx!) and asked him to produce ID.
However, when you’re Superman or Batman, not only don’t you need a badge, you certainly don’t need no stinkin’ ID. While Batman (formerly aka Bruce Wayne of stately Wayne Manor…now aka Frank Frisoli of Maine) cooperated with the police, Superman went ballistic on them. He didn’t have any ID and, when the cops continued to question him, a scuffle ensued and Superman punched the female officer who was in the hot and heavy process of arresting him.
Stunned Times Square tourists and office workers watched agog as cops struggled to subdue Clark Kent’s alter ego without kryptonite….If that wasn’t weird enough, [Ryan]McCormick [a passerby] turned and saw the Dark Knight handcuffed to a chair like a common villain….
‘The Man of Steel didn’t go down with just two officers, it took seven officers!’…McCormick said. He was putting up a good fight. Little kids were like, ‘Mommy, it’s Superman!’
Batman (Frisoli) didn’t cause any trouble and was released. Superman (Katsnelson), on the other hand, wound up in the NYPD’s version of the Fortress of Solitude where he’ll undoubtedly be further questioned by Lex Luthor.
A tourist by the name of Melba Williams reported that Batman left the scene with another superhero: “He walked off with the Statue of Liberty.” (Yikes!) However, I suspect that the excitement was just too much for poor Ms. Williams…it was probably only Catwoman.
(originally posted: 07/12/09)