Now is not the time to stay away.
Very early Thursday morning in Aurora, Colorado, mere minutes into a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, 24-year-old James Holmes discharged tear gas into the theatre, before unloading countless rounds of ammunition into those simply hoping to watch the most anticipated film of the year. Holmes was dressed from head-to-toe in ballistic riot gear, complete with gas mask, while brandishing an automatic rife, a shotgun, and two pistols. Before calmly giving himself to the authorities, Holmes' barrage stole the lives of 12 people, while injuring another 58.
Though this absolutely heinous act happened at a movie theatre--a place where millions people attend each day--this has no connection to film, or any particular film's subject matter. This took place because a stupid, deranged fuck got his hands on some weapons and murdered and damaged innocent people. My condolences go out to each and every family whose lives were irrevocably scarred by this man's decision. Christopher Nolan released a statement:
“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 attended a showing of The Amazing Spider-Man tonight in Brooklyn, New York. I'm happy to report that--albeit it with a few more cops present--the theatre was as popular as ever. I say happy because I think it's important that we continue to do the things that we love. Because staying up all night to attend a premiere about a man who dresses up in a bat costume was what those in Aurora, Colorado loved to do. And we shouldn't let the horrendous actions of one individual dictate our own.