Connections between Batman Universe and Colorado Shooting
The awful shooting in Aurora, Colorado at the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” has shocked people everywhere.
Armed with an automatic weapon, the masked gunman opened fire and killed several people who wanted to experience the premiere of Christopher Nolan’s newest Batman film.
What separates this from other shootings, however, is the striking similarities that this horrific incident and the Batman universe share.
Police have now even confirmed that the gunman James Holmes even had his hair dyed red like “The Joker.”
“It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was ‘The Joker,’ obviously the enemy of Batman,” says New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at a press conference. The connection to the New York Police Department is because Dan Oates, the chief of police in Aurora, was a longtime member of the NYPD before he moved out West.
The Associated Press reports similar incidents in the Batman universe, which include a mass killing of a talk-show audience by The Joker in the “Dark Knight” graphic novel and the public attack scenes featured in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Also, Batman’s background story includes the murder of his parents outside a movie theater by a gunman.
sfgate.com reports more eerie similarities
— A part of the Batman video game called “Arkham City” takes place in an abandoned movie theater (The Monarch, outside of which Bruce Wayne’s parents were killed).
— In the “Dark Knight” graphic novel by Miller, a 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.