The Dark Knight Rises Colorado Incident

Today is supposed to be a happy day.

The Dark Knight Rises is opening in theatres today.  There will be lots of people anxiously waiting to see the movie today at theatres around the country.

Many theatres had screenings last night at midnight for the latest Batman movie.  But tragedy struck a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado.

At 12:30 am (local time) a gunman entered through the emergency exit door of the theatre.  He threw a gas canister into the theatre, before shooting into the crowd.  Twelve people were killed (originally 14 reported) and several dozen are injured.  The suspect was apprehended by police outside the theatre.  He was brandishing two pistols, a shot gun, a bullet proof vest, tactical helmet, gas mask and what appeared to be an assault rifle (source).

Details of the gunman’s motive have not come forth yet.  The suspected gunman has been identified as 24 year old James Holmes.

As I said at the top of my column, this was supposed to be a happy day.

My heart goes out to the victims and their families of this horrible tragedy.

It sickens me.

I couldn’t believe it when I heard it on the radio this morning.

It just makes me wonder, what does this do for The Dark Knight Rises in theatres right now?

Will people be afraid to go to the movie?

Will there be increased security at movie theatres in fear of a copy-cat incident?

Those questions may lead to more fear mongering, but I bet you those thoughts are going through people’s heads right now.

The other question is what was the gunman’s motive?  Does this shooting spree have anything to do with the Dark Knight, or was it just an isolated incident?  Could any movie been on that screen and this would have still happened?

This is one of the worst tragedies to ever happen to our hobby.  Super heroes are our hobby.  Whether it’s on the printed page or the silver screen, it is something we love and enjoy.  As a fan collective we need to rally together and send our thoughts and prayers to the victims of this tragedy.  And hope that it never, ever, happens again.

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Ed Campbell
Ed Campbell

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11 years ago

Chaos has no reason, that’s why it’s so frustrating. The gun man was just a disturbed individual too weak to seek help… and all this compounded by the Jane and Finch shooting. And as a parent, I can’t help but look at my 3 beautiful daughters and wonder about their futures.

Very sad indeed.

Walter Durajlija
11 years ago

I just read on BBC that the big Paris premiere gala of the movie has been cancelled so there are concerns.

11 years ago

I think that the cancellation of the premiere has as much to do with security concerns as it does with showing respect to victims and their families.

A premiere is a glitzy celebration of the project. I imagine this mood to be the last thing on the creators’ minds. As well, they’d only be bombarded with questions about the tragedy.

I of course don’t think anyone needs to be afraid of going to a screening of the film at their local theatre, but I don’t blame someone for not being in the mood to in light of what’s being called “The Batman Shootings”.

Ed Campbell
11 years ago

I saw the movie last night at my local theater. I was there helping the comic book shop promote the store. It was a weird feeling in the theater. Almost like everyone felt guilty to be there.

One guy showed up dressed as Batman (it was a kids costume he was squeezed into). A theatre employee told him for security reasons, he had to remove the mask, which was a cheap plastic one held on with an elastic. I thought it was odd since it was the same employee who got all the cosplay Avengers at the Avengers screening to stand up in front of the theatre for pictures to be taken. And those Avengers were brandishing toy guns.

It’s funny how things can change in a couple of months.