By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik July 20, 2012 at 9:03AM
Of course, the title above is a provocation, and "The Dark Knight Rises" itself had nothing to do with the masked gunman in Colorado who took the film's midnight screening as an opportunity for mass slaughter, reportedly leaving 12 people dead and 50 wounded, according to police and local media.
It goes without saying that he's probably a nut-job, but I do think that the media is likely to pounce on the incident, and it will surely fuel further speculation about what underlines Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" phemonenon, and increase the cultural discourse that is already so heated around the film.
I can see reports likening the perpetrator to a self-styled Batman vigilante, attempting to correct some make-believed wrongs, or will his motivations be likened to a Bane-style anarchist, seeking to create mass and menacing havoc?
According to reports, the shooting came minutes after the film's midnight premiere.. An eyewitness told The Los Angeles Times that the gunman "busted in" through a door near the front of the screen and "threw a canister across the theater," unleashing gas, "then started shooting."
Quoting authorities and witnesses, local news outets reported that the gunman wore a riot helmet and bullet-proof vest, wearing all black. The suspect -- a 24-year-old old now in custody -- was found outside the theater holding a rifle and a handgun, local TV stations reported.