I didn’t want to jump on the bandwagon using the batman theater shootings to advocate tighter gun control or less violence in film or television, however am convinced something is not quite right. I’ve not seen a batman movie since “The Dark Night” in 2008. There’d been so much press surrounding Heath Ledger’s posthumous Oscar as The Joker that I was compelled to see it opening night on an IMAX screen.
Yes, it was a powerful performance and sadly it was overshadowed by too much comic book action; more than I was prepared to endure. Not that I was upset with the violence. Merely bored with it. It was the Road Runner/Coyote variety on a big budget. What did bother me was so many were seriously digging the action sequences. Fortunately the theater was dark so I couldn’t see the foaming of mouths, only sensed it around me. It was scary that people can be turned on by loud noise and may be symptomatic of the societal deterioration that produces depraved sociopaths that open fire in crowded places.