On September 6, Texan detective Jarrett Crippen was crowned the second winner of the SCI-FI Channel's reality series, Who Wants to be a Superhero?
Emerging victorious from the competition means Crippen's alter ego, The Defuser
, will be featured in a comic book written by the legendary Stan Lee
and published by Dark Horse Comics. Additionally, Crippen's character will appear in an upcoming original movie by the network.
"Most kids grow up reading comic books and dreaming about being a superhero. It's taken 38 years, but I'm living that dream," Crippen said in a statement. “I can't express how this experience has changed my life for the better. The only word that comes to mind is… incredible!"
Jarrett Crippen, who has been a detective for 14 years, said in a separate interview that he first came up with the idea for
The Defuser when he was in seventh grade.
"I remember reading about a police officer having to shoot a bad guy.” Crippen said. “And so I created a superhero that used non-lethal gadgets, his own weapons to catch guys, then hand them over to police, so the police wouldn't be put in that position, either.
“As I got older and realized being bitten by a radioactive spider wouldn't give me powers or having a gamma bomb go off wouldn't make me green and super strong, I figured a police officer was the closest I could really come for reality," Jarrett Crippen continued.
As a superhero armed with non-lethal weaponry, The Defuser uses his Taser gloves to “zap the bad guys,” consequently taking “the fight right out of them.”
Lee, the man behind such popular comic book series as Spider-Man
and Fantastic Four
, said that Crippen truly deserved to win Who Wants to be a Superhero??
"I congratulate The Defuser on his well-deserved victory," Lee, who also serves as a producer of Who Wants to be a Superhero??
, said. "He truly lived up to his superhero powers with his laudable performance throughout the series. He demonstrated all of the characteristics of a true hero and will be a terrific role model for kids."
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: UPI, KXAN.com
(Image Courtesy of SCI FI)