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.