The director and writer of the last three Batman films has released a statement on the shootings in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorada during a midnight screening of his latest: The Dark Knight Rises:
Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.
I was hoping to close my eyes and ears to the latest massacre of innocents at the hands of an incredibly armed lunatic who appears at a random place and time and unleashes the fury that such weapons possess.
This time it was a movie theater, but if I changed the channel, there the story was, everywhere... wiping all other stories off the screen, including the daily massacre of innocents in Syria at the hands of their government. I wondered what thoughts the teenaged boys of Syria had for the shooting victims in Colorado?
I too, at one point in my life, considered the movie theater my home, my sanctuary, a place to escape and enjoy the magic images and sounds projected onto a giant screen in the dark. I loved movies and learned from them. At some point, and maybe it was just age, movies stopped being enjoyable for me, they certainly stopped be challenging. How many Batman movies am I expected to see? When the first round of Batman films stopped bringing in the crowds, they ''rebooted' the series with a more violent storyline and characters. Christopher Nolan was a director who was going to transform the Batman brand and bring the crowds back into the theaters. He was going to give us a grown-up Batman.
Mt. Nolan glorified the psychopath wilh all the tools of his craft.
It isn't all Mr. Nolan's fault, but he is one of the modern filmmakers who made me lose interest in the movies and certianly stopped that feeling I once had that the movie theater was my home. My home is my home.
I had no intention of commenting on the 'Batman Shootings', but Mr. Nolan's press statement made me angry..
...The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me...
Did Mr. Nolan stop to think about the images on the screen behind the man dressed in riot gear and gas mask, firing automatic weapons into the smoke filled aisles, back-lit by the projected moving images of men dressed in riot gear, killing one another? It must have been one hell of a spectacular example of reflexivity.