It’s where all the future Spidermen and Catwomen will learn the tricks of their trade.
At least that’s the hope of self-proclaimed superhero Christopher Pollak, who goes by the moniker “Dark Guardian” and plans to open a school for superheroes in New York City early next year.
“The idea is to teach martial arts and self-defense but also to teach heroic ideas and values at the same time,” Pollak told ABC News on Wednesday. “Whether that’s how to deal with bullies or how to help other people in the community, there will be a whole big curriculum to teach those things and we’ll use superheroes to help learn lessons in the classroom.”
Pollak, 29, is no stranger to vigilante crime-fighting. As the Dark Guardian, he has spent one to two nights a week for 10 years doing “superhero” acts in New York, from patrolling tough neighborhoods at night while wearing a bulletproof vest to walking around handing out food and money to the needy.
“I think it’s something I got when I was a young kid,” Pollak said. “I didn’t have a lot of positive role models, and looked up to superheroes and what they stood for, how they go out of their way to help somebody or save somebody. I wanted to emulate that in real life.”
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