The line between superhero and vigilante extremist has often been blurred in film (and in real life, as the whole Phoenix Jones saga demonstrates), but a new short film defines that dark space between heroism and anarchy. The Flying Man by Marcus Alqueres, which Dangerous Minds introduced us to, presents a lone figure soaring through the air. The man's motives are uncertain. Narrated by a flurry of news commentary, the mysterious flying man tries to shield himself from the spotlight, but doesn't think twice about killing people in public.
Do the victims deserve it? They seem to be people with criminal records, but we don't get the full story — and it feels as though anybody could be next on his list. Is the man even human? His "suit" could be skin, but no one seems to know for sure. We've explored the dark side of the superhero universe in movies like The Dark Knight, but is there territory to mine for a feature that poses deeper ethical questions?