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Commentator tries to tie shootings to Miller’s Dark Knight Returns

From "The Dark Knight Returns"

Before a shocked country, let alone investigators, can begin to get a grasp on what led 24-year-old James Holmes to open fire during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, killing at least 12 and wounding dozens more, at least one newspaper writer is willing to take a wild guess: a comic book. Specifically, Frank Miller’s landmark 1986 miniseries The Dark Knight Returns.

Under the headline, “Was the Batman shooting movie shooting imitated from scene in 1986 comic?,” The Washington Examiner’s Sean Higgins claims the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, “bears eerie similarities” to the scene in which “a crazed, gun-toting loner walks into a movie theater and begins shooting it up, killing three in the process.”

In an effort to bolster his shaky, if not downright groundless hypothesis, Higgins points out that The Dark Knight Returns served “a key inspiration” for director Christopher Nolan’s big-screen trilogy. (Why stop there, though? Coupled with Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s “Year One,” the miniseries has influenced virtually every depiction of Batman over the past quarter-century.)

Perhaps not convinced by his own tenuous evidence, Higgins abruptly shifts gears, writing, “Was the shooter imitating this scene from the comic? Maybe, although in the scene the shooter is portrayed as inspired by his disgust at pornography and heavy metal music. The police’s investigation will surely reveal more in the near future.”

It’s a favorite tactic of political commentators: throw out an unsubstantiated, if not downright irresponsible, assertion, but cushion it within a question. “Hey, I’m just askin’!” It’s dishonest.

When the Aurora Police Department is only now, as I’m writing this, officially releasing the identity of the suspect and the details of his arrest — never mind a final tally of the wounded — it’s pointless, crass and outright ridiculous to speculate whether a scene from a comic that’s older than the accused shooter is might have somehow led to such an unfathomable act.

Attempting to draw a link between a scene in that comic — or in any comic — and the tragedy, particularly when we know virtually nothing about the shooter, not only trivializes the magnitude and brutality of very real events, but leads to the scapegoating and excuses that inevitably accompany stories about people doing horrible, horrible things.

It also brings into question why a website would float an unsupported headline like “Was the Batman shooting movie shooting imitated from scene in 1986 comic?,” unless it’s simply trawling for traffic. But that couldn’t be it, could it?

Hey, I’m just askin’.

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I love how this can even be considered news.

Unless the shooter actually comes out and professes that he was inspired by the comic or there is clear evidence that validates such a conclusion, this is grossly irresponsible “journalism” that is nothing but groundless speculation masquerading as “news.” There is NOTHING to base this suggestoin off of and the author doesn’t even attempt to provide any proof or support. Why? Because there probably isn’t any.

It’s a favorite tactic of political commentators: throw out an unsubstantiated, if not downright irresponsible, assertion, but cushion it within a question. “Hey, I’m just askin’!” It’s dishonest.”

Which is exactly what ABC News did this morning by quickly trying to link the theater shooter to the Tea Party. Absolutely disgusting.

ABC did finally apologize to the innocent man they accused of mass murder. i suspect that lawyers were involved.

GuyWhoMakesComments

July 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

Yeah and President Reagan got shot because Jodi Foster is hot.

Here’s a hint: people will always find a reason to do f***ed up things if they want to do them

I’m waiting for the moment we as a country actually take responsibility for things we do. we live in this society of blame it on this or that or this person. In a few weeks we will hear about how he was bullied, or not hugged enough or was mad at movie theaters. when does anyone go hey me and only me is too blame. I chose to shoot innocent people who only wanted to watch a movie! This isn’t a time for politics or for some idiot journalist to bring a comic book into the discussion. I don’t want to hear his excuse. To go to a theater shooting on the opening night of a summer blockbuster is simply premeditated murder. I dont care if he is a avid comic book collector or how he votes in the fall he should be locked up, and tried for his crimes. I pray someone just says this is a tragedy and we should take a moment and remember tomorrow is not promised to anyone.

Oh for God’s sake, don’t they realise that the idiot probably never read a Batman book in his life, and only went to that cinema because the massive movie premire was a perfect time to blow people away….

Comic books don’t kill people, people kill people, and a homicidal nutter who wants to kill people will go and kill, be it at school in the movie theatre or whatever.

Wanna bet the gun turns out to be legal, and this is laying the grounds works for the NRA’s “defence” when word gets out.

America and guns, makes me glad I live on this side of the pond….

Hey, all you folks from Rotten Tomatoes…

Why not go after THIS guy?

Tom Fitzpatrick

July 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm

When I heard about the shooting, I thought of the DARK KNIGHT RETURNS scene mentioned above.

Aside the bizarre coincidence, it almost seemed that Miller was being prophetic in that situation (not that he’d actually ever thought it would happen for real).

This is a tragedy, no less, and to see anyone try to blame it on comics, society, or anything other than the shooter is just sensationalism.

My thoughts to the victims families and the survivors who have to deal with this senseless tragedy.

You want to know what happened? The shooting happened, someone with a lot of followers posted that page to Twitter, and a bunch of twit-wits twittered the bajeezus out of that photo across twitter. Then mainstream media picked it up. I’ve seen it in several feeds already, and the Washington Examiner just decided to pick up that thread before anyone else.

Rodney Traynham

July 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm

This is an act of irresponsible journalism set out to get hits on their website. I admit to posting a comment or two on that particular article, but I did criticize the irresponsible act of crafting news stories without any evidence that this murderer had even read The Dark Knight Returns. No evidence has stated that this man even read comic books. Sean Higgins won’t be reprimanded by his bosses since his article received numerous hits, especially hits from some disturbed individuals that claim people should have been allowed to carry guns in the theater to defend themselves. Higgins should be reprimanded by comic fans and people with any sense in their minds to be a journalist and use facts and not speculation to craft a news story.

Squasha: That doesn’t excuse the Washington Examiner or Sean Higgins for writing the story. They chose to act irresponsibly in an attempt to get traffic. They could have done a piece like Kevin did above, but chose to go another way. It doesn’t matter where a story originated, it matters how it was responded to.

I get the feeling from the way he carried this out he planned on doing it again somewhere else. He had an exit plan he just didn’t plan on the police getting there so quick.

I remember that when the Fort Hood shooting happened, the first thing CNN started commenting on was “Gee, isn’t that the base that has all those deployments and mental health treatment?” Obvious gut-reaction: some soldier had a mental breakdown from too much war. Then it turned out to be an Islamic extremist whom the FBI knew about but ignored….

“It also brings into question why a website would float an unsupported headline like “Was the Batman shooting movie shooting imitated from scene in 1986 comic?,” unless it’s simply trawling for traffic. But that couldn’t be it, could it?”

“Hey, I’m just askin’.”

so “The pot calling the kettle black” much? Hey, I’m just askin’…

ROBOT 6 YOU practiced the same crap as the Examiner with your piece of trash article on Limbaugh making the Bane Bain case. Yet that whole stupid comparison WAS STARTED by the Democrats. The Examiner is wrong & YOU are wrong.

Oh & when the shooter was questioned about his name, he called himself “the Joker”. go figure. ABC is also reporting this fact:

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/aurora-dark-knight-suspect-joker-cops/story?id=16822251

“The man in custody for allegedly killing 12 people at the screening of the latest Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado told authorities after the shooting that he “was The Joker,” NYPD police commissioner Ray Kelly said today.

Kelly told reporters the suspect, identified by federal officials as 24-year-old James Holmes, had dyed his hair like The Joker. ”

and yeah ABC ALSO was TRYING to make out this nutjob was in the Tea party!!!! now they are retracting because there are at least 26 JAMES HOLMES in Colorado! The Holmes in the Tea Party is 54 YRS OLD! and now is receiving death threats. ROBIT 6 & the media should really get their heads out of their *sses and start sticking to the facts & reporting ALL the sides to this case and NOT make this political or some other bs grudge-match topic like gun-control or freedom of speech.

this movie and this crime have many sides to it. why cant you do the real investigative reporting & post ALL THE NEWS instead of slanting it against those you disagree with or ideas you disagree with?

Hey, I’m just askin’.

The One and Only

July 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I wonder if this will affect the release of the Animated DARK KNIGHT RETURNS DVD slated this for this fall ? I remeber awhile back that direct to video release of BATMAN BEYOND:RETURN OF THE JOKER was trimmed for its initial release after the entertainment industry was taken to task in the post-Columbine hysteria over violence in movies.

I tweeted that this about 5:55AM! I didn’t get any headlines, dammit! All I said was Spooky that Life Imitates Art again.

PS you really CAN hear “here’s to my sweet Satan” in “Stairway”…true. DIY. RTFM.

stefano gaudiano

July 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm

you can quibble with the mode, the wording, the timing, the “hey i’m just asking” attitude; and you can certainly quibble with any specific conclusion that one may draw from the correlation. However; there is no question that the nature of James Holmes crime and the setting of the crime have SOME correlation. Let’s not stick our heads under the sand out of fear. The subject of similarities between a crime and the movie that was being shown where the crime occurred is worth exploring, and that includes observations on the movie’s source materials.

When I heard about the tragedy I didn’t think
about a scene in a comic, I thought about
other peoples’ lives getting ruined by another
sick asshole. I hope he rots, and anybody using
comic books as a reason for this guy to do what he
did should rot with him as well. F#@k him!

It’s really hard to take comments from a guy named “Dark Rabbit” at all seriously. Post with your name, or don’t post at all.

someone always wants tie something in! hell maybe it’s very well true, but hell when it comes down to it give the bastard 12 life sentences. it doesn’t matter what the murder was possibly modeled after. that shouldn’t change a thing. comics, television, movies, music..etc is meant for entertainment. quit trying to put reasoning behind it. just because he may have read a comic doesn’t justify what he did. really does taking responsibility for your own actions not exist anymore?

Weirdly enough the shooter died his hair red before doing this as confirmed by federal sources

Chris Schillig

July 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I think it’s not outside the boundaries for media outlets to post the page and note the similarities, although the comparison in this case is fairly weak.

@Jim Deal

oh Jim I see you decided to throw insults instead of trying to tell the whole truth. typical. but you know what Jimmy, you did take me seriously or you wouldnt have thrown the insult.

…and if I still use Dark Rabbit will you still comment on my posts & continue to throw insults?

…name one fact I wrote about that was inaccurate? name one Big Jim Deal. name one.

@Lee

yeah I posted this link that Big Jim Deal decided to insult me on. he chose to ignore the truth.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/aurora-dark-knight-suspect-joker-cops/story?id=16822251

it goes into the hair color and what name he responded to ie the Joker.

Reading the comments on the Examiner article is even more cringe worthy. Yikes, there are some wingnuts out there.

Really? You guys want to talk about a crazed man who died his hair red and allegedly responded to the Joker (no context is known nor has Aurora PD confirmed this) over talking about how no one saw warning signs with this kid? How society failed him? Oh, and let’s not forget that the Joker doesn’t have Red hair. Because that’s important.

Dark Rabbit, you must be related to Sean Higgins. I’m convinced of that much now.

I am against shootings (well obviously) but i think the writer of this piece kinda was an ass about it. “Attempting to draw a link between a scene in that comic — or in any comic — and the tragedy, particularly when we know virtually nothing about the shooter, not only trivializes the magnitude and brutality of very real events[...]“. we know he went to Dark Knight Rises (a BATMAN movie) and it reflected a BATMAN comic, isn’t all that “outlandish”. It happens with movies, it happens with songs, it can sure as hell happen with comics.
does that mean comics are to blame? No. What i am saying is that messed up people do messed up things, i’m not trying to professional about that.
With this being saying i think that it’s wrong that they’d broadcast anything about this murderer and give him the satisfaction of being more popular than a celebrity. Murderers get away with these things because we let them. Sure he’s arrested (correct me if i’m wrong) but look he’s what pops up first on the searches which is what he wants! They kill for attention and we give them this attention we feed them, we plaster their face everywhere, it’s pretty much like giving Cocaine to a coke addict… Don’t give this guy the satisfaction he wants don’t give us coverage of everything, don’t tell us every detail, the information should be used locally to help with the crime. James Holmes has already won, he’s done what he wanted to do and he’s a celebrity now, he has his attention and we gladly gave it to him, the fact that we know his name is a shame. what about those families, i want to see the victims faces plastered on the internet not this sick man, but even this article isn’t helping, first sentence there’s his name, he’s the centre of attention of this article, like i’ve said, he’s already won.

CNN had “BATMAN MOVIE MASSACRE” plastered across their homepage early this morning, but it was quickly changed to something less Dark Knightish. I bet lawyers called them up…

@SeanGHiggins is the Washington Examiner idiot’s twitter username for your tweeting pleasure :)

I don’t really know what will happen next since Paris’ premiere was cancelled

Grandfather_Time

July 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Wow…what a load of garbage. There is NOTHING to compare between that particular story by Miller and this theater shooting. Get over it.

Other comic book coincidences:

- An early Superman comic mentioned a man being arrested “for the murder of Jack Kennedy.” It predated the Kennedy Assassination (maybe by 20 years; I’m not sure).
- The FBI investigated the Superman offices during World War II for a story about atomic research–they were concerned about DC having insight into the Manhattan Project.
- A Superman comic released around the week of 9/11 featured two smoking towers.

Sometimes there’s a parallel, and however tenuous, people want to point to it and say “See? SEE?!”

According to Fox News, the shooter has dyed red hair and a dyed red goatee just like the Joker. People just need to shut there TVs off and wait for the proper authorities to do some real investigating.

Julius Maloney

July 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I have just posted at RumorFix as thy are quoting that the shooters hair was Dyed red. So a ‘policeman’ is being quoted as saying “definitely he was ‘The Joker’…tenuous link anyone…????

@Big Jim Deal

I see you enjoy not taking seriously someone named Dark Rabbit. now i see you are swinging at shadows. Oh BTW i am a big comic book fan and Batman fan so dont try to paint this rabbit something it is not. I am also a BIG fan of the TRUTH IN REPORTING no matter what it is.

just so you know the Examiner got the comic book tie in from the general public not on its own. so maybe you & they should stop thinking so much. oh and BTW James Holmes’ hair was painted red not orange, regardless of what the DK movie shows ;) oh and BTW it IS confirmed by Aurora PD.

but I am not a big deal right, since my screen name is Dark Rabbit? but you know what it isnt Dark Rabbit thats driving this story Big Jimmy…..

…..its the MEDIA including CBR & ROBOT 6. So Mr hi & mighty Big Jim Deal, why dont you wave your sights and cast your gaze all around because it is what it is.

from TMZ:

http://www.tmz.com/2012/07/20/james-holmes-colorado-shooting-joker/

“Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes was sporting red hair and told people he was “The Joker” when he was apprehended by police Friday morning … this according to NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

During a news conference this afternoon, Kelly said, “We have some information, most of it is public. It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was ‘The Joker,’ obviously the enemy of Batman.”

ABC News is reporting Holmes made the Joker remark to police, not during the shooting.

It’s likely Kelly obtained the information from Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates — according to reports, the two are good friends. In fact, Oates was a member of the NYPD for 21 years.

Holmes may have been trying to recreate a scene from the 2008 movie, “The Dark Knight” … which features a scene where The Joker, played by Heath Ledger, wears a red wig while destroying a hospital.”

Andrew Kilian

July 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Just like clockwork. 3 hours into the tragedy someone baselessly attacks movies/comic books/video games/heavy metal music as the cause of the tragedy overlooking that when these things happen there is no way to predict it or else we would have freaking prevented it from happening in the first place!

You’d be hard-pressed to find integrity or deep journalism coming from the Washington Examiner. Should really be beneath all of our notice.

@Big Jim F’n Deal

holy sh*t, Warners is thinking of pulling the opening in the USA!!!!

http://www.franchiseherald.com/articles/1904/20120720/dark-knight-rises-theatre-screenings-canceled-due.htm

“Warner Bros executives got together in the middle of the night soon after the killings by James Holmes took place, and struggled over whether or not to continue the release of the final installment in the Christopher Nolan “Batman” saga, The Wrap said. An executive told the publication that Warner Bros is still watching the news on the movie theater killings that took place in the town of Aurora on Thursday night, and if they should consider canceling screenings across the United States.”

ROBOT 6 where are you with news!!!

Andrew Kilian

July 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Hey everyone, there is a ‘dislike’ button just below the article and just above the comments section. I invite everyone to use it.

Captianamerica_4

July 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm

The article http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/aurora-dark-knight-suspect-joker-cops/story?id=16822251 also states that the source was “federal officials” and included that he had dyed his hair. Looking at the mug shot I would have to disagree. He does not have a goatee either. I have not heard any of the eye witnesses talk about the Joker, anyone know of a witness that has said this?

@Captianamerica_4

i believe the photo isnt the mugshot but a prior photo from before today.

Captianamerica_4

July 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

@Dark Rabbit – You are right, the ABC site claiming to have it no longer works. Another site postchronicle.com retracted and said they had a yearbook photo.

I might as well turn off the news for a few days until all the facts shake out and then get the real story.

@Dark Rabbit

You do realize it was the NYPD commissioner who is making that claim and in both articles you posted, the Aurora PD has NOT confirmed that link.

And you are right, that isn’t the mugshot. That is apparently the only photo the media can find on him.

To everyone:

Frankly, it doesn’t matter because no matter what either side tries to pin the blame on, and not the sick individual himself, nothing will be done about this. At the Fort Hood shooting, where a CONGRESSWOMAN WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD, you know what gun law was passed? Arizona making the Colt the state’s gun.

Let’s all focus on the real thing here, which is supposed to be the victims and their families, not everyone’s petty politics.

The Fort Hood shooting wasn’t where Representative Giffords was shot. Fort Hood is in Texas, where Major Hassan shot somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 servicemembers, mostly medics.

@Lando

AZ Congresswoman Giffords was shot in the head outside a Safeway grocery store in Casas Adobes, Arizona and was not shot at Fort Hood she was shot in. I dont know why you bring her into it. The Fort Hood shooting was done by a extremist muslim fundamentalist who also happened to be a soldier. again what is the point.

as fast & furious federal gun running program has has pointed out, those who want to get guns will get them. like i said earlier either we have to report the facts of the case but not use it to promote a political grudge or promote gun control.

I stand by what I said & posted: NYPD PC Kelly had a good friend in NYPD who is now the Aurora PD Police Chief, he then went on to say what he knows about the shootings. Also, “two federal law enforcement officials confirmed the details of The Joker costume to ABC News.” also in my link.

“According to Fox News, the shooter has dyed red hair and a dyed red goatee just like the Joker.”

The Joker has green hair and no goatee.

YOU posting this article is just as bad. The “commentator” is entitled to his opinion, however misinformed it may be. But you guys acting all holier-than-thou and plastering your headline in the midst of your news of the shooting (it’s tagged as a relevant article on the main page) is just as bad and really pot calling the kettle black. It would be as if a small blog insinuates 9/11 was inspired by Die Hard and I, running a bigger website, tag “MAN FOOLISHLY TIES 9/11 to ACTION MOVIE. CLICK HERE.” along with the relevant coverage of the tragedy. “Just sayin.” Give it a rest guys, acting superior at other’s mistakes for page hits is what gives these sites a bad name.

Remember the concept of journalistic integrity? Today’s journalists don’t.

We do not exist inside a vacuum, and this man’s actions are not reflective of his [twisted] mind alone.

There are things leading up to a young man making such a decision that clearly need to be delved into, as to understand the situation better.

What we Can understand, though, is that these single-person shooter events that continue to happen with more frequency in North America are the symptom of a larger cause. You can’t say “it’s one individual”. No, it’s society as a whole, and how we nourish the individual until they grow into full, healthy adulthood.

Clearly there is a disconnect between the intentions and our results. This young man is proof of such.

photo of killer w orange hair (looks kinda like Lucifer. One title of Joker GN ‘Devils Advocate’) at:

http://www.tmz.com/2012/07/20/james-holmes-sex-website-penis-cops/

personally if there ever was a criminal who embodies the fictional character known as ‘the Joker’ its this guy. read this:

“The Joker has been referred to as the Clown Prince of Crime (or Chaos), the Harlequin of Hate (Havoc), and the Ace of Knaves. Throughout the evolution of the DC Universe, interpretations and incarnations of the Joker have taken two forms. The original and currently dominant image is of a highly intelligent psychopath with a warped, sadistic sense of humor…”

“The Joker’s victims have included men, women, children, and even his own henchmen and other villains. In the graphic novel The Joker: Devil’s Advocate, the Joker is reported to have killed well over 2,000 people. Despite having murdered enough people to get the death penalty thousands of times over, he is always found not guilty by reason of insanity. In the Batman story line “War Crimes”, this continued ruling of insanity is in fact made possible by the Joker’s own dream team of lawyers. He is then placed in Arkham Asylum, from which he appears able to escape at will, going so far as to claim that it is just a resting ground in between his ‘performances’.”

this guy is not a nutjob he knew what he was doing. he was a phd student in neuro-science not basket-weaving. he is creating chaos. the guy in norway was/is the same. they know what they are doing. they have a philosophy behind what they do. just because they are young or do a heinous crime doesnt make them stupid.

What an idiot (Higgins that is; the killer is just messed up) In any case, Miller was pretty much cribbing from Taxi Driver.

However, I thought of the strange coincidence that Batman was “born” in a shooting outside a theater…

What does red hair have to do with the Joker?
Did he actually say he was the Joker, or was he just being smart mouthed at the cops and the press are reporting it anyway?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/21/us/shooting-at-colorado-theater-showing-batman-movie.html?pagewanted=1

“Witnesses told the police that Mr. Holmes said something to the effect of ‘I am the Joker,’ according to a federal law enforcement official, and that his hair had either been dyed or he was wearing a wig. Then, as people began to rise from their seats in confusion or anxiety

on the social site link shown below, the user “ClassicJimbo” “personal bio quote is: ‘Will you visit me in prison?’ This fits neatly with the fact that he gave up to police without incident, seemingly all part of a plan (almost too much so).”

http://www.mediaite.com/online/is-this-aurora-shooter-james-holmes-adultfriendfinder-account/

…did you ever notice how in some Batman/Joker stories the Joker WANTS to get captured?

Anybody who tries to link this ‘Dark Knight Returns’ scene to the Aurora incident is being unintentionally ironic. The underlying point of the page shown here is that Batman was linked to a shooting that had nothing to do with him.

ugh,the writing on the page truly sore to the eyes

Millerverse,the bitch and whore universe

Clearly Wertham was right and these crime comics lead children to grow into criminals and murderers. Thanks, Washington Examiner. I hope you also lead the charge to start burning comics in the streets again. Then maybe we can move onto your rag sheet you call news. The fire rises after all.

@ Dark Rabbit

So.. all this.. was part of a plan to get laid.

The saddest part is… it might work. It’s scary how many groupies and love letters famous murderers and serial killers get.

In the words of the late Bill Hicks, “The courtroom for Ted Bundy’s trial is packed with women, trying to meet him and give him love letters and wedding-xxxxing-proposals…and the first thought that enters my mind is, And I’m not getting laid. What am I doing wrong?”

@Dan Koller,
I agree 110% You really nailed it here. Thanks.

Very Sad Dark Rabbit

July 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm

@Xenos

it boggles the mind doesnt it. literaly a wackjob. also I hear ya on the groupie freaks wanting to make it with serial killers.

@this whole thread

if you havent read about the heros and just down to earth ordinary folks who got killed by this piece of sh*t check this link out.

it breaks my f*kin heart. :’(

http://news.yahoo.com/families-colorado-shooting-victims-faced-agonizing-wait-192927912.html

one dude who bought it threw his body on his girlfriend, defintely saved here life. but he lost his. also 2 military and one 6 yr old died whose mom sufffered a stomach wound. also a young subway worker . wtf???

I want to know what the hell kind of neuro-science programs this sh+thead was in. If people are making accusations about the power of suggestion in Batman how about the rest of this d*k’s life. who the f*k trained him and why why he dressed in paramilitary f*kin swat gear.

is this corporate, government, enemy country, terrorist cell, or rival movie company espionage??? there is much mor going on then just a f*kin comic book influencd killer.

Leaving aside for a moment the very real tragedy in which real people were killed, to link the event and the scene in DKR is fatuous and without basis: one has only to read the page in question in its entirety (and it is only one page) to see that Arnold Crimp was inspired by a televangelist, Father Don, if anything (and his own mental illness), and his assertion of the backward lyrics in ‘Stairway To Heaven’. The ‘link’ to Batman’s return was drawn by the media, in the final panel. No mention is made of Batman in the narration pertaining to Arnold Crimp and his motivation. Miller’s point was that the media (in that work of fiction as in this reality) seized on a tragedy and sought to blame something entirely unconnected.

Very Sad Dark Rabbit

July 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Question: How does an unemployed medical student afford $20,000 in weapons gear? This guy had full body gear from throat to groin protection to legs.

and an eye witness said someone let the killer in the theatre.

http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/252995/396/Witness-Someone-let-gunman-inside-Colorado-movie-theater-

“As I was sitting down to get my seat, I noticed that a person came up to the front row, the front right, sat down, and as credits were going, it looked like he got a phone call. He went out toward the emergency exit doorway, which I thought was unusual to take a phone call. And it seemed like he probably pried it open, or probably did not let it latch all the way. As soon as the movie started, somebody came in, all black, gas mask, armor, and threw a gas can into the audience, and it went off, and then there were gunshots that took place.”

this smells rotten from head to foot. instead of looking at comic books reporters should be looking at ALL THE ANGLES ON THIS.

Tsk, tsk, tsk! Comics are always labelled as a scapegoat of something violent and abhorrent! The media should tackle on how the suspect gained access and prepared his assault, instead of blaming comics altogether!

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