Dark night of violence stains 'The Dark Knight Rises'
The Kansas City Star
Life imitated art early Friday morning, resulting in the shooting deaths of at least 12 people at a theater during the first-night showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
As it should, this incident will spur more calls for gun control and more angst over America’s obsession with guns.
Yet look where some of that obsession comes from: The ultra-violent Batman sequel contains acts of terrorism, multiple deaths and all kinds of shoot-em-up special effects.
And this morning, an armed man walked into a darkened Aurora, Colo,, theater, dropped some gas canisters to the floor and began firing.
As of early Friday morning, 12 people were dead and about four dozen were reported wounded.
Wisely so, Warner Bros. today canceled its red-carpet walk in Paris, which was to have celebrated the opening of the blockbuster movie.
So what will happen to the movie now?
Some are speculating it will actually get pulled from distribution, which I can’t imagine happening because of one lunatic instigating this kind of incident.
Warner Bros. will, of course, be ultra-sensitive now to the repercussions.
In its statement, the company today said:
“Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”
The shootings prompted President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to condemn the acts of violence.
The incident stains “The Dark Knight Rises,” but likely will not stop its ascent to being one of the highest grossing movies of all time.
The movie ultimately could stand as a sad comment on our obsession with guns and deaths.
In this case, though, real life was much more worrisome than all the acts of terrorism that people saw on the screen during the Batman sequel.