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AP: Parallels between the film and the shooting

By AP Staff

(AP) - In "The Dark Knight Rises," a masked villain leads a murderous crew into a packed football stadium and wages an attack involving guns and explosives. It's just one of the more haunting scenes in what was one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, if not the year.

There is no evidence so far that the motives of the assailant in the Aurora, Colo., killings on Friday had any specific link to "The Dark Knight Rises." It's not clear why he chose to enter the movie theater at 12:30 a.m., not far into the midnight screening that marked the film's opening day. Several survivors remarked on their initial confusion as the attack unfolded at seeing a masked figure silhouetted in a gaseous haze and the sounds of real gunshots mingling with the film soundtrack.

In superhero movies, violent attacks on the public by villains are key components of many plots, including "The Avengers" and "The Amazing Spider-man," both in theaters now. By Hollywood standards, the Batman movies are more grim than bloody. The Christopher Nolan-directed "Dark Knight" trilogy has been more dark than that of typical superhero films, taking a cue from the comic book series published by DC Comics, including "Detective Comics" and writer Frank Miller's gritty 1986 take on the character, "Batman: The Dark Knight."

There are general parallels to the Colorado shooting, "The Dark Knight" and the comic book character:

- Bruce Wayne's drive to become Batman arose from witnessing the deaths of his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne, at the hands of small-time criminal Joe Chill, who shot and killed them after they had left a movie theater.

- The Batman video game called "Arkham City" takes place in an abandoned movie theatre (The Monarch, outside of which Bruce Wayne's parents were killed).

- In the "Dark Knight" graphic novel by Miller, the Joker slaughters the audience of a television talk show with gas.

- In the same book, a man beleaguered man shoots up a porn theater after being fired from his job, killing three people with a handgun.

- "The Dark Knight Rises" features at least two scenes where unsuspecting people are attacked in a public venue: the stock exchange and a football stadium.

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  1. cynicalobserverComment by cynicalobserver
    July 20, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    There will always be demon possessed brain dead crazies running around. One person with a concealed weapons permit could have stopped this devil inspired jerk. Then the notoriety is what this wierdo is seeking. If the system would punish him properly with interference by the weeping do-gooders televised this would prevent crimes.
    One form of punishment would be to amputate the killers arms and legs without any pain killers, then gouge out his eyes, cut off his tongue and put him in a planter container for at least 5 years then slowly burn him to death in the presence of his close relatives. There are other forms of punishment better than that. This would deter crime and give the jerk notoriety at the same time by torturing him further each day.

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    • BadgerComment by Badger
      July 20, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

      ummmmmbbb …. ok now I get it, your a compassionate liberal who’s pretending to be one of those “gun huggin bible totin goobers” Potus is always talkin about … kind of marginalize the common sense and logic that most conversations consist of in here … u r funny ….

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  2. BadgerComment by Badger
    July 20, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    Sad Story

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  3. Art BlenkleComment by Art Blenkle
    July 20, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    You can thank the Liberals in Hollywood for this sad event!This is there own creation!

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      July 20, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

      Let me see if I understand what you are saying, namely that the sex and violence pouring out of every Hollywood orifice have created criminal behavior in this country? I’d like to believe it, but why is our country affected more than other Western countries where entertainment also consists of sex and violence? My personal feeling is that we’ve been more tolerant than many societies and we’ve been attacking family values through government programs based on compassion rather than individual responsibility.

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