AP Attempts to Draw Parallels Between CO. Shooting and Scenes from Batman Properties

Unfortunately CNN contributors aren't the only ones speculating on the motivations of 24-year-old Colorado mass-murder suspect James Holmes. The Associated Press is distributing an article to its partners called "Parallels between the film and the shooting," which attempts to compare the actions of the lone gunman to select scenes from various Batman-related properties such as Detective Comics, The Christopher Nolan Batman films, the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum and the Frank Miller graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns.

Some of the examples the articles gives include the origin story of Batman where a young Bruce Wayne witnesses the murder of his parents outside a movie theater; The Monarch theater location in Batman Arkham City; two scenes from The Dark Knight Rises where "unsuspecting people are attacked in a public venue"; the scenes in the Frank Miller graphic novel where The Joker murders a talk show audience with gas; and another scene in the graphic novel where a man who has recently been fired from his job kills three people in a porn theater.

Of course, prior to offering these examples, the AP article says that "there is no evidence so far that the motives of the assailant in the Aurora, Colo., killings on Friday had any specific link to 'The Dark Knight Rises.'"

If that's the case, why would a well respected international news organization like the Associated Press take the time to write an article that is purely speculative? We can get this kind of knee-jerkery from cable news channels.

Source: WBOC

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    ChrowX says:

    May as well just compile a list of scenes from every piece of media ever where someone uses a gun to shoot someone else. Blaming the movie the guy didn't even get a chance to see is just moronic, especially because there's a scene where Batman even says "No guns." before knocking the weapon from someone's hands.

    Batman as a movie series, a comic book, and a cartoon has never, ever glorified guns or the people who use them in any sort of way that would make a person say, "Hey! I want to be the mook who shoots at people, then Batman punches in the face and sends to prison!"

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    elvesrus says:

    While it isn't limited to the superhero genre, it did sound like something a Batman villain would do and thought it was a spoiler at first.

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    1.  That article strikes me as a bit tacky.

    2.  A bad guy executing a violent attack on the public is not a trope exclusive to the superhero genre.


    Andrew Eisen

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    Thomas Riordan says:


    That was one of the most intelligent and well written articles I've seen since yesterday. Of course, for every one intelligent one, 900 more articles by complete idiots will pop up.

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