Batman, Superman, Yoda, Goofy - all costumed characters that used to pose for pictures near Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood are joining for a protest at Los Angeles City Hall. They'll show up for a noontime protest there tomorrow.
At the end of May, Los Angeles police cruised Hollywood Boulevard and removed the characters off one-by-one. LAPD says officers responded to reports of violent confrontations between competing costumed superheroes and aggressive tip-soliciting from tourists. Someone recorded video of the caped crusader in handcuffs.
“Look! They’re arresting Batman!”
Now the Man of Steel’s look-alike, Chris Dennis, wants to assemble his mix of masquerading super-friends and fight.
“LAPD thinks that Hollywood is doing fine without us," says Dennis. "We’re trying to get together all the costumed characters and fight these f---ers!”
Dennis recorded a minute-long trailer on the online classified Craigslist’s YouTube channel, Craigslist TV. He used it to track down most of his fellow performers, and they’re planning a protest march.
Organizers urge participants to leave their props – fake guns, swords and lightsabers – at home. Weapons aren’t allowed at City Hall and could provoke police confrontation. Producers at Craigslist TV plan to record the demonstration.