Popeman, one of the 2010s most controversial superoheroes, has been found to be none other than Pope Benedict. Riding around in his PopeMobile, PopeMan has gone around smashing up abortion clinics, to the horror of pro-choicers, and to the cheers of pro-lifers. He has also stopped LGBTs working in the workplace in one swoop, to the delight of right-wing hardliners, and to the dismay of various people-who-don't-give-a- damn-as-long-as-you-do-the-bloody-job-well.
"Popeman was a menance and a vigilante hero," said John Mayers, 37, who is an expert in Superherology at the University of Birmingham. "Although he did go around destroying children's innocence and tearing holes in teenagers' condoms before... you know..., he did also go around saying that hate is wrong - love your neighbour, turn the cheek stuff and he did something... else..."
Aerial pictures taken by a US Air Force Drone show the Popeman's lair, a 108-acre unassuming patch of private land in the centre of Rome, known by the locals as the 'Vaytiycan'. The name is yet to be deciphered from Latin.
Sonar and Radar pictures show a 200 foot deep network of buildings, seeming unassuming in the Rome skyline.
"It's the perfect place," said Sgt. Fred Higgs, who commissioned the drone from its base near Palo Alto, California. "The last place any hero-villian would think the law would look is a tiny patch of land in the world most historic city."
When asked by reporters why they couldn't march right on the turf and arrest the guy, a representative of Interpol (International Police) said: "Well... the thing is..." he hesitated. "The... patch of land, is according to the U.N. a nation." The crowd of reporters were shocked. "Yeah.. member of the E.U., currency, monarch system... everything. This is one sick, twisted mastermind, or one clever, justice guy."
He added: "Wierdly enough, its the exact same place as the place the Pope lives..."
Popeman was found out to be the Pope when, on the Pope's recent visit to the U.K., the Pope disapeared whilst on-stage in Edinburgh (check Google Maps at maps.google.com/maps to find out where that is), only to have PopeMan suddenly appear. At this point half the crowd ran away, while the other half cheered.
A passing comic-book fan noticed the similarities to many of the comic-books he had read.
"Yeah...it seemed rather suspicious, that when the Pope went, the PopeMan appeared," says Leonard Leakey Lee Cooper. "First all all, the Pope and PM, as I'd call him, looked nearly the same. Secondly, there was a nearly two-second gap between the sightings of both. This indicated a quick-change sequence, much like with Superman. Thirdly, to me, he's a fricking supervillian. He said comic-books, TV, and all that stuff I do, are immoral. Spiderman has better morals than that pointy hat guy."
The Pope was unavailable for comment, as he was killed off, in order to appear in the next series or whatever.