Superman And Batman: Real-Life ‘Public Enemies’?!

Believe it or not, last week’s report that Ryan Reynolds will double up as both Deadpool and Green Lantern in upcoming films wasn’t the most bizarre superhero news of the week. That distinction goes to a story involving comic book heroes Superman and Batman.

In a turn for the truly surreal, the New York Post reports that the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight were handcuffed and arrested in Manhattan Friday evening after a brief skirmish with police officers — and, believe it or not, I’m only sort of joking.

According to the Post, a man in a Superman costume was parading around Time Square — right outside of Splash Page HQ, to be exact — before being confronted by a group of police officers. The man, identified as 23-year-old Maksim Katsnelson, allegedly punched a female officer in the face as she attempted to subdue the would-be crimefighter. A witness said that Katsnelson “freaked out” after being asked a series of questions by the police officer, thereby leading to the aforementioned fisticuffs.

The report also mentions that Batman himself — who we know to be Bruce Wayne (or possibly Dick Grayson) even if the article identifies him as Frank Frisoli — was arrested at the time of the altercation. This alleged Caped Crusader was stripped of his cowl and subsequently handcuffed to a lawn chair, rendering him helpless during his superhero ally’s rampage against New York’s finest.

When the dust settled, police decided to release Mr. Frisoli due to his lack of involvement in the altercation. Superman, however, wasn’t as lucky — though it took seven police officers to finally subdue the Krypton-born hero, according to one witness. The witness was unable to determine whether the police officers were outfitted with kryptonite-laced weaponry.

Well, I guess Lex Luthor branded these guys “Public Enemies” for a reason.

Are you surprised that it took seven police officers to arrest these Batman and Superman imposters? How will the Caped Crusader ever rescue the Man of Steel from prison? The answers next week, in an all-new installment of… err… actually, we’ve probably heard the last of this story for a while.