Powerful London Street Art Captures Batman And Superman Mid-Smooch

Cartoon crusaders taking on a real-life cause.

It's been a week since the blockbuster premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it's safe to say that the two caped vigilantes have already buried the hatchet. 

Richard Simmons, an artist from London with exhibitions in major cities around the world, recently painted a stunning street portrait of Superman kissing Batman in the city's Croydon borough. He'd painted the pair entwined together before as a colorful reminder that heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and sexualities.

"If you were in need of being saved from something, would it matter if the person who could be your hero was gay or not?" Simmons asked the The Huffington Post.

Simmons' work is often inspired by pop art and comic books. His love affair with Batman and Superman started in 2014 with a similarly themed canvas painting.

"His style and aesthetic are truly impressive. Stencil street art beyond the stencil and the street. Watch out for this dude," 
Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 said, according to Simmons' website.

In December, an act of what Simmons called "homophobic vandalism" occurred when someone drew a line that gouged through the mouths of Superman and Batman in Croydon.

"I would hope that people would be more respectful to other people's views in life and appreciate that everyone is different and it's all about love and positivity - it doesn't matter what your sexuality is," Simmons told the Croydon Guardian.

Simmons also created a street art version of Superman kissing Batman in New York City so that the characters can redefine what it means to be a hero in the U.S.

"It is sometimes more heroic to simply stand up for your beliefs, stand up for equality," he told The Huffington Post.

Cover image via Mike Coppola / Staff / Getty Images.