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Real-life superhero team purges roster, adds fitness requirement

by  in Comic News Comment

Being a real-life superhero just got a little more real for a couple of Seattle-area vigilantes.

Famed costumed activist Phoenix Jones, founder and leader of the Rain City Superhero Movement, disbanded the group in late May only to reform it days later — only with more attention paid to the physical fitness of the budding vigilantes. In a recent interview with Seattle’s KING 5 TV, he said the area’s superhero community had become watered down by by an influx of new members, some of whom employed unethical tactics — carrying illegal weapons or refusing to give police their identities — or weren’t so “super” when it came to physical exertion.

Instead of culling those members, Jones disbanded the team as it was and reformed it with only a select few — five to be exact.

“I’m going to go out there with the most equipped, most protected, smartest team with the best tactical decisions I can, regardless of what that costs me personally,” Jones told the television station.

Rain City Superhero Movement Disassembled? Kind of. Jones said previous members are welcome to apply, but they must, according to King5, “meet his requirements for superhero activism, like five pull-ups and 25 sit-ups in two minutes.”