What if superheroes could be held legally responsible for their actions?

Dec 31, 2012

The Law of Superheroes

“The Law of SuperHeroes” by James Daily and Ryan Davidson

Credit: Penguin Group (USA)

Invoking suspension of disbelief allows us to enjoy superhero and supervillain sagas without worrying about whether or not these fictional characters are liable for the legal repercussions of their actions; however, what if Lex Luthor could sue Superman for assault? Would Superman be held accountable and be forced to retain legal representation?

Authors James Daily and Ryan Davidson closely explore the legal reality of super fiction in their new book, “The Law of Superheroes.” The book simultaneously serves as an analysis of basic legal theory and an entertaining exploration of the fictional world of comic book characters. Daily and Davidson explain that some comic books do attempt to incorporate legal realism. For example, in the DC comic universe, there is a fictitious Twelfth Amendment , which allows masked superheroes to legally avoid revealing their secret identities. Listen in as authors James Daily and Ryan Davidson put the modern legal system to the superhero test.


James Daily, Co-Author, “The Law of Superheroes,” Attorney and co-founder of; specializes in intellectual property law

Ryan Davidson, Co-Author, “The Law of Superheroes,”  Attorney and co-founder of; specializing in insurance litigation.

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