The small town of Aurora, Co. is grieving this morning after a shooting inside a Dark Knight Rises premiere left 15 dead and at least 50 wounded. Shortly after midnight, a masked gunman reportedly entered a crowded theatre in face paint carrying two cannisters of gas which he released before opening fire. The gunman, who identified himself to the police as “The Joker”, is twenty-four year old James Holman, 24, who has since been apprehended. Telling police he had more weapons at home, Holman’s apartment complex was evacuated this morning.
Warner Brother’s has since canceled its Paris premiere and press conferences throughout France. Neither Director Christopher Nolan or Christian Bale who plays the title-role could be reached for comment. Warner Brother’s has released a statement offering their condolences, and pulled a potential damning trailer for its upcoming movie “Gangster Squad” which opens for Dark Knight depicting a mob firing through a theatre screen onto its audience.
While remaining sensitive to the real issue at hand, Warner Brothers must be preparing for criticism. Nolan’s trilogy deals with dark, violent themes which often relate terrorism in a troubling, if not sympathetic fashion, and concerned families will likely see this as an example of on-screen violence pervading reality.
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