Tragedy rocks the opening of the Dark Knight Rises.

My hearts go out to those that lost loved ones in the senseless rampage at the showing of the Dark Knight.

As a long-time fan of both Batman in general, and the work of Christopher Nolan in particular; I have been waiting patiently for the last of Nolan’s dark trilogy. Like those that were in the Century Theater in Colorado for a Midnight showing, I too purchased advanced tickets, only I opted for viewing the film on an Omnimax screen. I can imagine the excitement that these fan felt walking into see the long awaited film, popcorn in one hand a coke in the other, and then in an instant, a gun-wielding-lunatic turns a movie opening into a blood-bath.

It is hard to imagine the fear those people must have felt knowing that the gun being turned an inch, could end their life. How can I truly understand what it would be like to see your best friend shot dead in a chair so close to yours that they share an armrest, or to carry your sister out of the theater, not knowing if she would survive the loss of blood. To see the joy in your parent’s eyes when they realized you were spared, and the horror in the faces of the parents who realized their own child perished.

I will write a review of the film, but today I could not ignore the tragedy that a madman brought upon the innocent movie goers.

Lane J. Lubell

UPDATE /7/25/12

Christian Bale visited the a hospital in Aurora, Colorado where many of the victims  were brought for treatment, and were several still reside. He did so with as little fanfare as was possible. Each of the principle cast members have issued statements, and Warner Brothers studio has put forth $2 million dollars to help victims and their families.

Christopher Nolan, in his statement, showed both his compassion for those who suffered such great loss, but also for his belief in the theater as a place of refuge and joy.

Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of “The Dark Knight Rises”, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.

I was please to get an email from Facets, a local Chicago fixture in cinema, is sponsoring a Town Hall Meeting on the topics surrounding the shootings. Below is a copy of that email.
The movie theatre needn’t be a violent place.

Please join us on Monday, August 13, at 7pm for a Town Hall Meeting on the issues of movies and violence at Facets, 1517 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614.

Please RSVP by clicking the following link:  Facets Town Hall Meeting RSVP

You can also contact event coordinator Mary Hayes at or at (773) 281-9075 ext. 3076.

The discussion will begin with a distinguished panel moderated by Gretchen Helfrich, host of WBEZ’s Odyssey program.

As a non-profit organization with a 37-year commitment to creative children’s programming, we strongly feel that a national debate about the culture of violence needs to lead to positive solutions. The tragic event in Colorado makes immediate action essential.

We look forward to having you join us on August 13th.

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Milos Stehlik
Executive Director
Facets Multi-Media, Inc.

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