Sad celebrity/superhero impersonators

Last year, Nicolas Silberfaden photographed superhero and celebrity impersonators in Los Angeles. If they look bummed out, it's because Silberfaden asked them to "to manifest feelings of genuine sadness – honest emotions that are a consequence of our current times." Each photo, he explains, "is a somber, striking visual image that contradicts the iconic nature of strength and moral righteousness typical in American superhero and celebrity imagery. Creating the illusion that Superman does exist – that he too was fallible and affected by America’s downturn." "Impersonators" (via Neatorama)


  1. Ha! Actually, that’s not a bad representation of Christopher Dennis. At least he put some fake muscles in his suit to cover his slight frame!

    Check out Confessions of a Superhero for a decent documentary.

  2. The Superdude on the left is Christopher Dennis, one of the “stars” of the 2007 Hollywood Boulevard character impersonators documentary “Confessions of a Superhero.” Judging by the movie, I don’t think he had to dig too far to manifest that genuine sadness.

      1. I think Dennis appeared on the Daily Show a few years ago. One of the highlights of Dan Bakkedahl’s short tenure on the show. “I fought myself in a junkyard once.” 

  3. Wow. The Indiana one ( ) is fantastic.

  4.  Go rent “The Specials” if you want to see a failed superheros movie.  It’s mildly entertaining, and was upstaged by Mystery Men, which came out around the same time.

  5. Poor Batgirl :(

     I was also wondering how Aquaman was supposed to be sad, then I realised – he’s Aquaman. Sadness enough.

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