Without going into overdrive over covering every minute detail of the life of the mass murder which took place during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises , it is very slowly being revealed that there was a Batman connection:
A computer, homemade explosives, a Batman mask and other Batman paraphernalia all seized at the Colorado apartment of James Holmes could help shed light on the mind, motive and modus operandi of the suspected mass killer, a federal law enforcement official said Sunday.
The police are playing all of this extremely close to the vest, but it was previously reported that the shooter announced that he was the Joker before opening fire. If you take the NY Post as a reliable source, Holmes’ behavior in prison has been right out of Arkham Asylum:
Holmes — who’s “totally crazy, he’s walking around talking like a Joker” in prison, a source told The Post — was being held in solitary confinement in the women’s section at the Arapahoe County Jail, another source said.
Tasha Taylor visited a relative who told her “they brought him in a restraint chair and they put all the women on lockdown.’’ The relative quoted a guard saying, “Once they got his armor off, his whole body was painted red’’ and they had to put him in a shower.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros., out of deference to the 12 people killed and 58 injured at the theater shooting, has declined to release has declined to release the box office totals, and other studios have also declined in solidarity. However, estimates put it as the third biggest opening ever, with $162 million.
Although all sympathy should be going towards the victims and their family and community, I do feel bad for Warners here. While Marvel has been racking up the score with their box office busting superhero films, the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy is the one sure thing in the WB stable. Earlier this year discussions over which which would do better, The Avengers or DKR were common. The one thing no one could have imagined in a million years was a national tragedy tainting the new film and its deserved success.
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.