IN SHORT NO. Some people out there (the media, whatever you watch/read from Fox News to the New Yorker) will doubtless mention that Nolan’s films may have had some influence over James Holmes’s actions. Are they right? It’s my opinion as a Batman fan, avid-movie goer and a comic book reader that the films and anything related to them are should not and cannot blamed. We CANNOT live in world where we are afraid to create anything that features some darkness/villains (to play opposite light/heroes) because someone may or may not misinterpret our creations and use them for horrifying purposes. People do evil things all the time, they don’t need inspiration from art to awaken the ugliness inside of them.
This story needs to stop being turned into something it’s not. It’s a tragedy and a deranged and malicious man is to be blamed. James Holmes pulled the trigger, he and he alone is responsible. We should stand united against this (I don’t even care if it sounds sappy). I think we all feel like we lost a friend when we heard about this, we all feel for the victims. We all feel sad and furious. It is truly unfair.
But, I think The Dark Knight Rises should be watched at least twice…fear cannot rule our lives.
“We are not intimidated by thugs.”