Wow. That's pretty fascinating. Life imitating art, eh?
Let's just hope it stops imitating before we get to The Watchmen.
I was just thinking the same thing.
Actually, while I love comic book movies, the whole idea of having super-humans who operate outside the law really gives me pause. The collateral damage done usually is at least as bad as anything the villain does, and the only excuse for the hero's anarchy is the fact that he's fighting for "good," though that's usually left up to the hero himself to define.
One of many reasons why Iron Man was my favorite movie of last year. Fighting armed combatants in a war zone, FTW!
(Actually, I covered this topic in a recent internet radio show, and it disturbed me how many of my conservative friends were ok with a form of "positive anarchy.")
I tend to go with Sir Thomas More here, from Man For All Seasons:
William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!