Dark Knight Rises Paris Premiere Cancelled Due to James Holmes Shooting Rampage in Colorado

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James Holmes Identified as the Aurora Movie Theater Gunman

Dark Knight Rises” Paris premiere was cancelled after news broke of the bloody rampage at the Aurora CO showing of the movie, that left 12 dead, 50 injured and gunman James Holmes in police custody. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the media interviews with director Christopher Nolan and cast members, Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale and Morgan Freeman have been cancelled.

The Washington Examiner is reporting that the bloody rampage is eerily similar to a 1986 Batman cartoon:

The horrific shooting at the screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado late last night bears eerie similarities to a scene in the 1986 comic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. In the comic, a crazed, gun-toting loner walks into a movie theater and begins shooting it up, killing three in the process. The passage concludes with the media blaming Batman for inspiring the shooting, though he is not involved in the incident at all.

The 1986 comic, written and drawn by Frank Miller, was a key inspiration for the Chris Nolan Batman films. It helped to reimagine the character away from his Saturday morning cartoon image and into a dark, grim avenger. The point of this particular scene in the comic was to show just how far Gotham has fallen since Batman had retired.

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  • Stop blaming films for being violent, nobody went on a murderous rampage when Charles Bronson starred in the Deathwish series. JFK and Lincoln both were murdered because of the good ideas and intentions they produced, to the men that killed them their ideas or beliefs were obviously contradictory or opposite of what they believed in. People see what others do and even though they do not “know” them they are still affected, maybe Holmes did not like Bale for his outburst during the Terminator filming, certainly he did not like Batman and if it was the content of the “Batman Universe” why not shoot up a comic book store for having Dark Horse versions of Batman which are far more brutal than the film or even the “King of Mean” Bale, could ever be. Fingers must be pointed in this day and age of media, so if they must be blame the most influential individuals not the categories, after all if the idea is true, death metal music would never have a christian alternative, it’s the pot calling the kettle black… again.