As probably the site’s only comic book enthusiast (lapsed) I feel great sorrow, as I’m sure everyone else does, about the events in Colorado. It’s still not known what made the madman go on the rampage. Some in the comic book fraternity say that there is a scene in an old Batman book that mirrors what happened. This was when the scriptwriters at DC comics started writing about more adult-orientated themes in their books; the old Comics Code Authority was washed away. Personally, I don’t think this was the reason for the tragedy. Time will tell.
The broader picture far from the graphic novels is gun control in the States. There are many instances of massacres of this nature and it has to be stopped somehow. I know the NRA carries a lot of weight in the land of the free but something has to be done. The IRA bombing at Enniskillen on Poppy Day 1987 lost the terrorists a lot of support. When will a shooting outrage be one too far for the gun lobby? I’m not a weak-willed liberal in any way but there’s just too many maniacs running about with guns, legally.
Although I’m a Marvel fan born and bred I was looking forward to seeing The Dark Knight Rises. Superhero films can be formulaic and not as good as the books (just like in real literature), this Batman series has been a cut above the rest. I’ll wait till the DVD comes out. And even then, I might give it a miss.
I don’t think I’d be able to concentrate on the film in a cinema not because I feared a copycat killing, the odds are stacked against that. At the back of my mind would be the terror that those innocent people endured. For some it was the last thing they seen.