This was not the Batman piece many thought they’d be writing today. While controversy continues to circle the recent release of Christopher Nolan’s epic The Dark Knight Rises (almost all of it surrounding Rotten Tomatoes, negative troll commenters, and ‘journalist’ Eric D. Snider) , the appalling events that occurred in Aurora, Colorado on 20 July are destined to cast a devastating pall over what is, otherwise, a typical weekend at the box office. Yes, Nolan’s reign as Caped Crusader revisionist is coming to an end, and while many will argue the merits - or lack thereof - of this final installment, there is a real fear that the conversation will turn from the aesthetic to the absurd.
Actually, it’s already happening. While the social media struggles to balance shock with bad taste and blame, the standard news is doing what it does best - sensationalizing. Talking head overreact and speculate. Politicians and pundits are pulling up right alongside their prospective lobby pools and proving themselves more out of touch than a time traveler while outlets are offering smartphone video from inside the incident. Witnesses are being trotted out, each one arguing the same thing (“we thought it was fireworks…”, “we thought it was part of the film…”) while the spin spirals even further out of control. Even President Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney have released statements, securing that, in the upcoming election, no one will be left out of the outrage loop.