By now you are most likely fully aware of this, but last night one moron ruined the lives of many people. James Holmes was attending a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises and decided to turn it into a tragic event by throwing tear gas into the theater and shooting a gun into the audience. His act of stupidity has killed 12 people and injured another 59.
James Holmes was watching the movie when about half way through he left through the emergency exit, propping the door open, went to his car to “suit up”, and then returned with the tear gas and weapons. After his shooting rampage he awaited police and his arrest. Now, he has spoken to the police saying he dyed his hair red and is “the Joker”. This post is not really meant to inform you of the tragedy since it is national news, but what does this mean for fans, comics, movies, and more? Several major theater companies have issued “proper movie attire” rules which ban costumes to those who would enthusiastically dress up for a midnight premiere. I think this is wrong, but I understand the thought process.
This change was made today after the events had unfolded, but what will movie theaters, Comic Cons, and all other fan events start to do since it is such a huge part of the culture? Will movie companies start re-thinking comic movies? There is a lot that can happen based on this one persons actions.
Our condolences and well wishes go out to all families and friends effected by these events.