Real Criminal Thwarted by Costumed Superman!
In this frightening world of thieves and monsters and Dick Cheneys, it's easy to find ourselves wishing for a real-life superhero to save us. Well, in the real world, we don't get Superman, we get Christopher Dennis, who dresses like Superman and takes pictures with people in fanny-packs and sun-visors strolling along the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But that doesn't mean that he can't do good though! Recently, Dennis was approached by a man who had a storyboard from Superman 2 signed by Jack O'Halloran who played Non in the film. It was apparently worth eight hundred dollars. For Jack O'Halloran's autograph. The guy who played Non. Eight. Hundred. Dollars.
This man with the storyboard approached the Superman-dressed Dennis and tried to sell it to him for twenty dollars. Because if you're going to sell the autograph of a super villain, no one's more likely to buy it than his arch rival.
But Dennis knew exactly where this storyboard had come from: The Tinseltown Movie Location, so he bought the storyboard and returned it to it's rightful owner, general manager Derek O'Donnell. Having had his day saved by Superman, O'Donnell was finally able to know what it feels like to be Lois Lane.
And to tie the story up in a nice little bow, it sounds like the theif is going to be caught, too. The Tinseltown Movie Location has the apparent thief's contact information because he applied for a job while he was there. Come on, thief, that isn't befitting of a Superman villain. That's the kid of dumb thing Batman villains would do.
"If you know something is stolen and you know where it came from, return it to it's rightful owner" Dennis was reported to say. While it's not quite as snappy as some of Superman's better speeches, it was certainly better than the dialogue during the last three seasons of Smallville.
One of the reasons for Superman's enduring popularity is his ability to inspire good in others. We look at Superman, a being powerful enough to conquer the world, and see him helping people. At his best, Superman helps us do the right thing as well. While he may not have any actual superpowers, Christopher Dennis has this trait in spades. I still don't want to get a picture taken with him on Hollywood boulevard, though.
Have you done any great acts of good in your life? Ones that Superman (or a guy who dresses like him) would approve of? Tell that tale in the comments!