It’s all right to go see Batman — the Dark Knight Risesby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Jul. 20, 2012, under Entertainment
My son and I initially had plans to go watch the new Batman movie, but in light of the Colorado shooting … he did not want to go with me. I decided to go without him to prove to him that I would return safely home after explaining to him that the occurrence in Colorado was a one-time strange thing that more than likely would not happen here. [I hate seeing kids get tempted into living in fear.]
Prior to going to the movies, I was able to listen to the Aurora Police Chief make a live statement on the horrible shooting. I paid attention to what the Chief said about the gunman’s attire. Two things struck out at me of the gunman’s description: a helmet and a gas mask. I found it odd that the gunmen would wear a helmet and a gas mask – until I saw the new Batman movie.
The villain in the new Batman movie also wore some sort of an oxygen mask. In addition to that, the villain wore a
helmet prior to entering a stock exchange building and firing rounds into the crowd. Other similarities between the real gunmen in Colorado and the villain in the movie was a trench coat, a vest and of course weapons.
There was a scene in the new movie that really amplified itself — and it was the scene where Batman felt it unnecessary to use guns to kill people. The irony in that scene in and of itself is profound due to the tragic incident in Colorado.
All in all, The Dark Knight Rises (2012) was an excellent show. I recommend it and it has a good message. The Harkins101 Theater seemed to have had a vigilant staff and ordinary security there.
When I returned home, I reassured my 12 year old son that all was clear and it is safe to go to the movie theater. [Of course, I noticed myself choosing a seat towards the back of the theater in a spot where I can see who was entering the areas. I'm just a little more vigilant is all. ]