Im a little late on the post. Sorry folks...school is kicking my ass at present. Anyway, with the popularity of comic book movies it was only a matter of time before someone decided they wanted to form a group of masked crusaders to hit the streets and fight crime. Today's comic book films stray away from the previous treatments in which the world in which comic book heroes existed was pure fantasy. Today, screenwriters are exploring the notion of a comic book hero that exists in the world we live in today; The "real world" if you will. This has apparently inspired some citizens to take the law into their own hands and fight crime in their own communities just like our masked heroes that we watch on the movie screen. Take a look at this cat for instance. Phoenix Jones. He lives in Seattle, Washington and has taken on an anonymous identity, banded together with some other guys and patrol the streets at night fighting crime (or trying to). Check this shit out.
And Phoenix Jones is not the only cat doing this shit. There's an entire network of people all around the country doing this in most of America's major cities. There is also a documentary coming out about these guys. Here's an interview with the filmmaker.
Here's a website with some more information about these people.