On street walls in London and New York, Superman and Batman share a passionate kiss between their capes.
The London-based contemporary urban pop artist Rich Simmons conceived this composition because he wanted to spark a conversation about equality “by taking the two most alpha male superheroes and placing them in this embrace”.
Simmons, who has exhibited artwork in London, Geneva, Tampa, New York and Los Angeles, wanted to challenge the notion of heroism with his artworks. “It is sometimes more heroic to simply stand up for your beliefs, stand up for equality”, he declared.
He exhibited his first “Superman Kissing Batman” work on canvas during his solo show at the Imitate Modern gallery in London in 2014. Over the past few weeks, in the run-up to the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” film debut, he created the life-size paste-ups in Soho in London and Lower Manhattan in New York City.
His piece has a clear message: “It shouldn’t matter who a person is, who they love, what they believe or where they come from, being a hero transcends all that. We should judge our fellow humans by the way they treat others and not by who they share a bed with”.
The mural painted in Soho, London
The mural painted in lower Manhattan, New York City