The real life superhero movement (RLSH) is already commonly known across the USA, but in recent weeks, it has hit the streets of the Isle of Wight. Cue the ‘Wight Knight’ a fully fledged member of the justice alliance initiative (JAI).
Describing himself as just a normal guy in a suit, trying to inspire people to help and lookout for each other in the community and with many people asking exactly what it is that the Wight Knight is doing, we caught up with him to ask some of those questions directly:
– What was the reason you decided to start patrolling the Island?
I have always had an interest in helping the community, so after finding some RLSH documentaries on youtube and seeing the work that they do (mostly over in America), I decided it was the best route for me. I especially hope to influence younger people to grow up with a mindset of looking out for others.
– Have you always been interested in comics and superhero’s?
Growing up I was always interested in comics and I think everyone has had a dream to be a superhero at some point.
– What is the main thing you are hoping to achieve?
If even one person sees me and decides to volunteer somewhere or make a donation to charity, then I’ll know I’ve had a positive effect on the community.
– You have come up against some negativity in recent weeks, how do you deal with that kind of thing?
I think it could be a misunderstanding about what I’m doing out on patrols. I think this has to do with the fact that the RLSH movement isn’t as popular in England as is in America. Im hoping that once I’ve been doing this for a while, some of the negativity will clear up.
– What would you say is your “superpower”?
If I had to say I have a superpower I would say it’s my sight and positivity, to have my eyes open to how nowadays, communities have become more distant and less willing to help each other. I plan to get people more friendly and helpful to their fellow people.
If you would like to hear more from the Wight Knight then he will be attending and giving a talk about what it is he is doing at “Pop goes the culture” This Saturday 19th at Cowes Enterprise College. OR you could find him patrolling a street near you soon..
Photography by Jack charge photography