SUPERHEROES. WHO HASN’T GROWN UP WITH THEM. THOSE FEARLESS FIGHTERS AGAINST LOCAL ENEMIES OR THREATS AGAINST HUMANITY. SOMETIMES IN POSSESSION OF SUPERNATURAL POWERS, SOMETIMES SIMPLY MYSTERY MEN WHO ROAM THE STREETS OF SEMI-MAKE BELIEVE CITIES IN FANTASTIC OUTFITS THAT MAKES THEM ANONYMOUS AND AT THE SAME TIME ICONS OF OUR SOCIETY. SUPERHEROES. PROTECTORS OF THE INNOCENTS. BUT WHAT DO WE REALLY KNOW ABOUT THEM.
Sure, Superman was born on the planet Krypton before being rocketed to Earth. An American icon with supernatural powers. Spiderman, though very human by origin, also possesses special powers due to the bite of a spider. And than there is Batman. The Dark Knight. A mysterious creature of the night, often mistaken for a villain. Three major superheroes that all have one thing in common: a secret identity. Because they all hide behind the mask of relatively regular men. A nerdy journalist, a lonely teenager and a billionaire playboy, industrialist, and philanthropist.
Even though the creators of the Superhero comics have done there best to invent real life histories for their heroes, there are still many questions left unanswered. One of the most notorious the relation between Batman and his young protégé Robin. Cartoonists, writers, yes even film producers, they have tried to sketch us a mysterious world in which Batman alias Bruce Wayne does his thing. But what would batman look like if he wasn’t a millionaire. If he wasn’t influenced by the violent death of his parents when he was still a young boy. What if Batman’s real identity was an international porn star?
Mitch Vaughn was born in Utah, in the year 1982. After having worked in the financial sector he decided to leave all behind and try something more creative and adventurous. In 2010 he moved to Las Vegas where he started his career in the adult film industry. Mitch spends a lot of time in front of the camera, but if he isn’t he loves to paint, cook and spend time with his three dogs. Creativity and personal expression are key elements in Mitch’s life so when photographer Marlen Boro asked him to participate on this very special photo shoot, Mitch jumped to the opportunity.
Marlen Boro found his inspiration for his special Batman shoot in the struggles he experienced over the past years in his professional life. It all started when his photography website started to show serious technical issues, problems that Marlen didn’t know how to solve and drained him from his creative passion. And so, one day, he decided to put his camera asides and started learning html coding. While doing so, he also started reading again, with a focus on those really great comic books from the past. It made him remember simpler times and good analogies. About this year of struggle, Marlen says: “Thankfully I'm not battling supervillians or monsters - but over the past year, I've found a team of really great folks - and so many of the great comics involve a team of heroes. And I have mine.”
Marlen Boro was able, with the help of good friends, to rebuild his website. It was a relaunch and a new beginning. “Things are feeling vibrant again. The relaucnh was a chance to showcase real men in ways that highlight their unique sexiness. In ways that are sexy and fun. A return to my photographic style. So here's Mitch Vaughn. I was so excited to work with him - he's familiar to folks who follow adult cinema - and he's even more charming in person. We played with the Batman/Bruce Wayne theme. But perhaps a bit sexier on both sides of that coin...” Marlen Boro paints us a picture of a Batman in a most private atmosphere. Sexual, erotic, seductive. It makes us wonder what really goes on in that Bat Cave. –BM-
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