Did James Holmes intend to copy cat literally the Batman reality, turn the Hollywood fantasy into some sort of lurid hyper reality?
Between far too realistic special effects and the cult like following of movie sagas such as Dark Knight Rises, it was probably only a matter of time before an obsessed and enthralled fan would take violent action with his villain infused persona.
In the first hour of July 20th, 2012 mass murderer James Holmes took the lives of at least 12 and injured over 50 at a premiere of the much anticipated third installment of the Batman movies.
Sources say Holmes used a Colt AR-15 Tactical Carbine and a .40 caliber glock handgun, as well as a device that released a smoke like gas, to open fire on the auditorium of viewers.
Particularly haunting is that we now hear Holmes referred to himself as the Joker (a killer/villain of batman) and that he had painted his hair red to further resemble the character.
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly stated:
‘It clearly looks like a deranged individual, he had his hair painted red. He said he was “The Joker”, obviously the enemy of Batman.’
And now the scenes begin to unfold as they would on the silver screen. Pictures of wounded victims and grief stricken families and friends are splashed on the internet. Even President Obama has come forward to speak on behalf of himself and Michelle, expressing their deepest sympathies.
It is all so eerily reminiscent of times within superhero films where a city is left looking from left to right, up and down, trying to find their hero.
So where is batman? Where is the hero who saves the day?
Unfortunately this is REAL life and unfairly there was no “batman” or superhuman for that matter who could have withstood the flesh tearing gunshots or mysterious gas like substance that one can only imagine looked too much like the “real thing” to be anything but.
In a world filled with villains yet no set superheroes, civilians must look to themselves for protection. Certainly we will find out how this man acquired the weapons he did as well as the alter-ego and hopefully with that information can prevent a tragedy like this from striking again.
Until then, in a world that is filled with media and entertainment that seems SO REAL, how can one identify and separate the two?
The scariest part is that the gunshots going on during the film sounded so similar to the real gunshots that for a few seconds no one knew the difference. What does that say about the form of entertainment that we choose to engross ourselves in?