It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…a 37-year-old man named Herbert Chavez from the Philippines who has blown through thousands of dollars to surgically alter himself to look like his hero — Superman.
But it turns out one thing he’s doing is illegal and extremely unsafe, so doctors in the U.S. have refused to do any more.
This is Chavez as a teenager before any surgeries, when he was just a “giant nerd who loved superheroes.” “Superman has always been my obsession since I saw one of his movies at the age of four,” Chavez said, and as soon as he put on a costume, he never wanted to take it off.