Obviously we’ve all woken up to a national tragedy, and one that will be connected to an iconic comics figure and a triumphant comic book movie series for all time. In this post, I don’t mean to in any way diminish the needless death of the people killed and and horror of the wounded, and the survivors. My heart goes out to everyone touched by this disaster. That is story #1.
I haven’t turned on the TV yet to see what is undoubtedly the beginning of the forensic inquiry into the mind of the shooter. But, it’s unlikely that the shooter went into a random midnight movie for his rampage. For worse (there is no better) people are going to search for the connection between the films and the event. The killer used a gas canister before opening fire, and connections to the Joker are going to be made. And analyzed. Endlessly. Revelations are to come.
I’m going to try to avoid the instant analysis. A picture is going to emerge. And it’s going to be awful.
On the level that hits us all…that could have been any one of us. As I was flying home from LA last night I was jealous that the timing meant I couldn’t see the final Dark Knight film at a midnight screening. Ben and I went to see the Avengers at midnight (there was a baby in the theater then, as there was in Aurora, a three-month old baby who was wounded.) Taking infants to midnight screenings isn’t the most sensible idea in the world, but nerd couples still want to go to the movies and can’t afford a babysitter. It’s how things are.
Nerd World has become a way of life. Between this and the Twi-hard struck by a car in San Diego, it’s now become a way of death, too.
As far as the Second Amendment goes, I think it’s as relevant to today’s world as the Third Amendment. That’s the one about not allowing soldiers to be quartered in your house. When the founders drafted the Constitution, that’s what they had in mind, right up at at the top along with free speech and unreasonable search and seizures. James Holmes wan’t part of a “well regulated militia,” no matter what you tell me.
Once again, my heart goes out to everyone touched by this tragedy.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.