Christopher Nolan: ‘The movie theater is my home’

July 20, 2012 | 4:46 p.m.
Christopher Nolan. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Christopher Nolan (Warner Bros. Pictures)

The dire headlines and unsettling images from Colorado tell us that a dozen moviegoers lost their lives after being gunned down at a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” — it’s an ugly spasm of deranged violence and everywhere people are trying to make sense of it, whether they reach for tissue, their Twitter accounts or  a sturdy soapbox. In Paris, a red carpet premiere was canceled and Christopher Nolan was in lockdown mode with his cast and crew awaiting further information on the rampage of a 24-year-old gunman who reportedly referred to himself as the Joker when questioned by police.

A short time ago the filmmaker released a statement through his Los Angeles publicist.

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“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 theater 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.”

The final line of the statement: “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.”

— Geoff Boucher


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169 Responses to Christopher Nolan: ‘The movie theater is my home’

  1. @annekrla says:

    What a bunch of pretentious and cliche-ridden claptrap! You don't hype your profession while offering condolences.

  2. Constance Ford says:

    This young man grew up watching the increasingly violent and sadistic fare offered by what was once a great art form, the motion picture industry. I wrote a letter to your newspaper about 20 years ago basically warning of a generation desensitized to this kind of malevolence and potentially acting it out – thanx hollywood, now we can all live in fear because you "pushed the envelope" and poisoned the minds of those children. May God forgive you.

  3. Michale says:

    The movie theater is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place

  4. Lori Hensley says:

    "someone would violate an innocent and hopeful place"………????? Read your own words

  5. Brad says:

    Constance—films had nothing to do with this act of lunacy. Films depicting violence were around long before this individual was born.

    Hollywood is no more to blame than the makers of the guns that he used.

    I would look first at his parents.

  6. David says:

    I thought Nolan just commented a few days ago, defending the death threat people on RottenTomatoes, saying they were "passionate"??? Guess he shouldn't have said that, huh?

  7. JediJones says:

    Horrific violence and evil has existed throughout human history. Cain didn't need to see how to do it in a movie before he killed his brother Abel. This man wouldn't have done it if he didn't KNOW how horrific the violence would be. He wasn't desensitized to anything. He had hate and evil in his heart and WANTED to horrify other people for whatever perverse reasons he had. He was fully aware of the consequences that would come from it as his body armor showed. A desensitized person would not have understood the consequences that would come from this. No one deserves to be blamed for this except for the killer.

  8. Tessa D says:

    It's childish and ignorant to blame entertainment influences for tragic and bizarre things that happen in our world. People were committing appalling crimes against each other long before there were movies, television, video games, or whatever scape-goat you want to target for the troubles of the world.

  9. Tracy says:

    Lots of people pointing out that mankind has a history of violence. However mass random killings is very new to mankind. Started in the 80's and since then has escalated.

    The fact is that Hollywood use to make violent film but the the murderer was never "cool" like in Natural Born Killers, Pulp Fiction or "The Joker" in The Dark Knight.

    Hollywood likes to take credit for inspiring positive change when it puts out a movie like "Milk" but ridicules any suggestion that it could inspire violence because movies are just entertainment.

    So which is it Hollywood do your movies inspire or not?

  10. Jeremy Tidwell says:

    Nolan should add into the end titles and dedicate this film to all those who lost their lives, or were injured in this tragedy. In the theaters and BR/DVD releases!

  11. Jeremy Tidwell says:

    Nolan should add into the end titles and dedicate this film to all those who lost their lives, or were injured in this tragedy. In the theaters and BR/DVD releases!

  12. dingle berries says:

    He should donate all his personal profits from the film to the families of victims and the wounded!

  13. shawn says:

    If what people watch has no effect on their thoughts and behavior why do most people agree that children shouldn't watch x-rated movies? Why do companies pay $millions to create 30-second ads that don't even say anything about their product but merely show people enjoying that product? When I watched Rocky as a kid I went out and bought a punching bag. Whether in this case the killer was influenced by gore on TV is yet to be determined, but what people witness on the screen absolutely does affect their emotions, beliefs, and desires. That's undeniable.

  14. Pyronaught says:

    Creator of most violent Batman movie ever condones the violence. These same Hollywood idiots who are so quick to blame guns never even stop to think that maybe the ultra-violent, criminal glorifying crap they litter the screen with on a daily basis just MIGHT be influencing young people desperate for attention. Homework assignment: go to a video store and count the number of DVD box covers that feature someone holding a gun.

  15. Gary L. Hammontree says:

    Unfortunately I must echo the sentiment espoused by Ms. Ford. When the comics were indeed comic book characters, there was no confusion between character and reality. The fact that today's young audience, unable at times to understand that THIS IS A COMIC BOOK CHARACTER and not real life. Failing to understand, to be able to distinguish the difference between reality and fantasy, seems to be a problem in today's existence. Let us stop producing children that cannot distinguish between the two, and EDUCATE children that can distinguish between reality and fantasy. Someone is going to get hurt.

  16. @By_SJD says:

    Movies and TV are my life. From comedies and romance to action packed heroes and everything in between. I have 177 ticket stubs since I started saving them as a teen in the mid 90s. I have no desire to hurt myself or anyone, in fact the only thing that movies do inspire me to do is run off to Hollywood and make them. I am looking forward to the next time am in a dark theater watching the flicker of light and imagines on the screen.

  17. MadCharles says:

    The only difference between the slaughters I saw in Vietnamese villages if we didn't get there in time and today's slaughter are the parents are alive. This guys parents raised a terrorist. The public schools encouraged his parents by teaching them the same slop over the past thirty years.

  18. Lux says:

    Really? Well some of the worst violence I can think of was perpetuated by ANTI-SEMITES.

  19. Pyronaught says:

    What has happened with the crap churned out by Hollywood in the last few decades is the glorification of the criminal element. While the violence has certainly increased substantially in terms of realism, gore and darkness, it is the empathy given to the bad guys that is most notable. Movies like Pulp Fiction, Natural Born Kiillers, Boyz in the Hood and scores of other gangsta glorifying garbage in addition to dozens of mafia movies all glorify the lifestyles of lowlifes. Even worse are the video games like Grand Theft Auto that get kids involved with acting out crimes while making it the goal of the game. The producers of this morally inverted poison will sit there and tell you it is just entertainment and that what people see on a screen doesn't effect their behavior in the real world, while simultaneously taking millions from advertisers for mere product placements. Why would advertisers spend so much money putting their products or messages in front of people if it had no effect? The claim is utterly baseless.

  20. michael says:

    Apparently some people think violence never existed until the movies created it.

  21. Yirmin says:

    Want to do something, then best to do nothing. The constant media blitz focusing on the actions of the nut job will only serve to influence copy cats or other nutters trying to get their little bit of fame. Best thing is to go on business as usual.

  22. greatminus8 says:

    I think the blame should be placed where it belongs: the kid who murdered a dozen people and seriously injured dozens more.

    There are millions of factors that contribute to who we are, and the choices we make. To narrow that down to being raised by a single mom, seeing a movie, reading a comic book, or listening to an album is shallow thinking.

    Christopher Nolan loves the movies. His comment above is about the movie theater being a place where we can go to forget reality, and become immersed in a story, and how it is a violation of our emotional and physical safety when something terrible happens like this. I don't think he's trying to make money; I think he truly doesn't know what to say on such an occasion as this, and is doing his best to try.

  23. Connie Bryan says:

    Let's face it, the movie industry wouldn't be making the billions if they didn't create more and more violence…….the industry has a part in this…..a very large part….stop acting so innocent and contrite.

  24. Nancy says:

    Movies that act out the creators sick demented mind don't need to be filmed. Give me something profound and emotionally moving or clean fun.

  25. Batwatcher says:

    " 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."

    Still about self-promotion and making money even when a tragedy is staring them in the face.

    Such is hollyweird.

  26. Old Watusi says:

    Now we see them for what they are… trash! The movies coming out of Hollywood are full of violence and "over the top" barbarity. Now they act innocent and troubled. This evil act has been protrayed by Hollywood a hundred times, sick and evil individuals don't even have to come up with their "own original" ideas – they have already been played out for them. I hope this creates enough of an issue for lawmakers to put a few restrictions on Hollywood, media, etc. It isn't the "gun", it's the sick mentality these movies are creating.

  27. HeddBanger says:

    Gee, Christopher…ya think showing endless clips of violence for years and years might inspire those at the edge to maybe go over the cliff??? Hmmmmm???

  28. Rob says:

    While I find Nolan’s comments stupid for the most part & most people have been right in that we have been desensitized the blame CAN ONLY be PLACED on this freak that murdered these people I’m quite sure Hitler the worst of them all didn’t watch a movie about mass genocide & then decided to go out & murder millions of people of different races & religion

  29. Mentious says:

    No question this director has some responsibilty for this carnage and even more future violence.

    Feed violence and depravity to the minds of the people, fool, and you make them violent and depraved.
    Garbage in, garbage out.

    May this director live in hell from now on, and go to hell after death.

  30. TOny says:

    Best thing you can do is just accept the fact that this act was commited by a sick twisted individual. Take the effort that most of you are using to place blame on laws and politics and redirect it towards the peolpe that lost everthing today as compassion.

  31. pjd says:

    Hollywood/NY types sell their mothers to make money. They make "Think and Do" movies. The murders in Colorado are in the movie, movie trailer and in ads from past "Batman" movies. Mr. Nolan, you are directly responsible. Stand up like a man and donate your profits to the families of the dead and injured.

  32. Johnny says:

    Its the kids fault, he killed people, Christopher Nolan directed a movie, JK rowling wrote a book, Activision created Call of Duty. These people use their minds to create something that the majority of people will enjoy, The dark Knight series did not become a hit because it showcased a madman, or killed people, it is because it was a work of art, and people enjoyed it. This Kid thinks he can become the joker, well the Joker is an idea put into movies or comics, it doesn't exist. The people he killed were real. He deserves a very sever punishment, possibly death penalty, because he is 100% responsible for everything that happened at the theatre. People express their ideas for others, Nolan created a movie for us to enjoy, this madman killed innocent people. He is the only person to blame.

  33. Malcolm says:

    Wow. A lot of people here are blaming the MOVIE. What about the lax gun laws that allow deranged individuals access to guns. Lots of people who got killed were Batman FANS who love Batman, not because of violence but because he's a hero who stands up AGAINST violence against the innocent (Batman doesn't even like to kill and doesn't like to use lethal force). Yes, the movies are violent but deranged people WITH EASY ACCESS TO GUNS will kill whether or not they see the movie.

  34. rich otontm says:

    afraid there going to loose money this week end? People talk about guns but what about glorifying killing and violence like in the movies? They never talk about that.

  35. BcdErick says:

    Some of these comments are just dumb. There has been appalling real life violence throughout human history. It is part of human nature. IMO I see these kind of movies as a release for that kind of impulse. I have have no idea what this Holmes guy was thinking, but anyone here who claims a Batman movie drove a guy with a graduate degree in neuroscience into an involuntary murderous rampage is nuts. IMO opinion as long as you protect young children against violent imagines and the actors involved are not forced to do things they don't agree to anything goes. If the product stinks the market will decide and no will pay to see it. The investors will lose their shorts and it won't happen again.

  36. billy says:

    Nolan you glorify senseless violence.

    If media has no impact on society – why do companies advertise.

  37. billy says:

    What a foolish statement – "the theater is my home."
    Well, your home must be a disgusting place considering the movies you make.
    Glorifying sadistic violence – be ashamed!

  38. Franklin Jennings says:

    Maybe if Nolan hadn't spent his career glorifying violence in the most realistic way possible, I might care.

    As it stands, he might as well have been handing the shooter fresh clips, him and all the rest of Hollywood. He certainly contributed well to this shooter's desensitization to what he was doing.


  39. Emma says:

    I agree with all the posts that blame the movie industry. Movies USED to be fun and entertaining, but these days there are so many that are just dark, morbid, violent or just plain too weird. For the last 20-30 years they've become increasingly so. It has to affect the minds of young people when that which is supposed to be entertaining is nothing more than attempts to shock and frighten people. I have often thought that acting is pretty much a lost art and has been replaced with special effects. They have taken good stories and twisted and perverted them into vile, disturbing motion pictures. Not only do we not even go to the movies any more, we can barely stand to watch what's on TV. There simply are no more John Waynes, Katherine Hepburns, Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyckes, Harrison Fords, etc.

  40. rer says:

    So an occupy wall street member uses a gun iin the shooting that has been traced back to the Democrat gun running operation, the FAST AND THE FURIOuS.. and the lying communist media says it's a Tea Party member???

    Obama and Eric Holder gave that gun to a violent Mexican drug gang who sold it on the black market.

    Now we can add a dozen more dead Americans to the list of the murdered Border Agent.

    Obama and Holder are accessories to murder!

    All of these dead Americans just so Obama and the Communists can attack the 2nd Amendment…….

  41. Freesia says:

    Hollywood folks make their mega bucks and live in nice giant houses by glorifying and glamorizing murder, violence, immorality, etc. and selling it as entertainment. Usually in films they subtly demonize all the things that in the past were traditionally considered good, honest and righteous people and behavior– the preacher is portrayed as mean and controlling to his family, the Christian girl who is made out to be a mean girl biaatch at school, the super honest, good guy who is portrayed as a naive geek or as stupid or as a loser, etc. Hollywood people shouldn't act so shocked and surprised when the violent, evil behavior they glamorize comes home to roost in the very place they peddle their wares. That's just how I see it, just my opinion.

  42. Gment says:

    Ban films not guns!!!

  43. Robert says:

    Violence has been around for thousands of years but the violence we see in movies and on TV has created a very evil society. The number of people posting that violent movies like Batman do not influence people are certainly of simple mind. Everyone and anyone that goes to this movie or any violent movie is just as responsible as the evil person that shot these people for helping to promote this junk. We kill babies by the millions and call it abortion because our society has become desensitized to killing. Listening to people on here, they don't even realize it, like the frog in the boiling water which is why they argue in vain against the idea of violent movies causing this type of mad man. Now we have a president that promotes evil, lies daily, and yet half our nation supports him. American is about to fall because of its immorality. Watch the response to this post and you will see the warped mind set of much of America.

  44. joecool says:

    Nothing will stop this sickness other than not buying tickets for this crap. TV is just as bad, and we are destroying our culture. If this keeps up, they'll be auditioning for gladiators to fight to the death for the cameras – and people will buy tickets!!

  45. jabbo says:

    a typical hollywierdo turd

  46. Pronghorn says:

    I suppose he doesn't find the violence inside his film as 'savage' and 'appalling?'

  47. charles says:


    If you want to find gratuitously violent and sadistic murderers, then just go to a place where there is a celebration and display of gratuitous violence and sadistic murderers.

    And don't forget the other famous colorado killings, at columbine. The two idiots there dressed up to play like they were in the movie MATRIX.

  48. Psychologist says:

    Nolan's 'Joker' is a character who attempts to live out his unconscious fantasies of sadism and violence. Filmmakers like Nolan rationalize the impact of their movies by claiming they are not responsible for feeding the minds of budding sociopaths like Holmes. There are lots of places once could point fingers for this terrible tragedy – the gun lobby and Congress, the parents, the neuroscience department that didn't probably didn't do enough to address a student's decline. There are many people who did not act. But it is certainly the fact that in every community in this country we have emotionally ill children, and the Batman films and other films like them are helping to create and fuel in them a violent fantasy life. If filmmakers claim they have no responsibility here, they are deluding themselves.

  49. backbench2 says:

    Of course Nolan, cast, crew and studios made a nice tidy income from producing this comic book fantasy. Just another layer desensitizing the public, especially the young, to violence. But oh dear when our young ones actually are victims of this rot.

  50. nvrat says:

    Saddened and Senseless Tragedy. Yea, I bet that's what they think and the movie theater is their home they must live in a fantasy house of horror. Just keep the Box Office Tickets going they need the money. That`s the part you never hear about, every year as the movies and games get more and more violent the warped minds of so many take on the fantasy of living in a virtual world and reality is only a place where they rest. Hollywood has become to strong in the political arena the political hacks just want their money and Hollywood wants the freedom with out consequence while spreading, demanding and supporting liberal ideology. Don`t look for any solution soon the politicians will not act and Hollywood will not stop producing movies with dark characters and violence.

  51. HENRIRT says:



  52. savior says:

    the gratuitous violence and ease that it is carried out is helping weak and sick minded liberals to carry out such acts more and more. people dressed up as characters at the theatre, is SO dumbed down…If everyone lived by the Ten Commandments, NONE of this would ever happen. PERIOD !

  53. Squawker says:

    The poet WB Yeats once wrote, "In dreams begins responsibility", yet Hollywood will never take responsibility for its most brutal dreams so long as the paying public still flocks to the theatre of cruelty and barbarism.

  54. Redford says:

    You cultivate the dark side; the dark side cultivates you. You move in the direction of your response.

  55. Albrecht says:

    if programming didn't work companies and politicians wouldn't spend millions on advertising and marketing. So what happens when a generation of people are raised on Hollywood's violent movies, movies linking sex with violence, and the ultra violent video games where you can "be" the killer, pervert, psycho for "fun". Hollywood also promotes the weirdness of adults dressing up etc for their warped fare. Note that even the US Army uses video games and simulator for training on tactics (how to kill more effectively) and how to deal with anxiety (get over the impulse of guilt or hesitation to kill.)

  56. seeClearly says:

    BTW Geoff Boucher many, many people in the real world will reach for their religion, their family or friends to make sense of this insane criminal act. Tissue's, twitter and soapbox's may work in Hollywood but the rest of the world is built on more substantial foundations.

  57. DrBobNM says:

    savage and appalling? kind of like your movies, huh?

  58. skyview says:

    When God was taken out of our day-to-day life, the evil became more pronounced. God has been banished from schools. everyday life, hollywood products and the results are disasterous. Until He is brought back to be the center of our lives the disasters will continue.

  59. Daoud says:

    I am a zombie junkie. From the Victor Halperin's White Zombie early 30s all the way to George Romero, Lucio Fulci, etc in the early 80s. I have never disemboweled and devoured humans and have never experience the urge to. Yes, I am a little whacked but could not fathom doing anything like this.

  60. m stein says:

    Pull back consumers. Pull back. Send the strongest message possible by not buying that product Hollywood produces. Nolen should donate all the proceeds of this film to those fans who lost their lives or were injured and their families, who will be caregiving in many cases for the rest of their lives.

  61. justavoter says:

    Somebody doesn't have to have guns to kill somebody. A person can kill another with a tire iron, a fist or whatever else somebody's sick mind can use to kill others. What happened at the movie theater happens in Chicago every week. It's the minds of savage dark people just like the movie depicts. Hollywood used to play good roles in people's lives. Now it plays movies for savages. Where or when does it stop?

  62. Morris says:

    ‘The movie theater is my home’.

    Yeah well clean-up your home Chris, you glorify killing and violence then act surprised that some wacko should act out on it, filling childrens heads with such violence from and early age makes them indifferent to death. Hollywood is breeding violence, not entertaining people.

  63. POV247 says:

    The debate over whether movies encourage violence can be answered with one question. Do movie makers want to inspire their audience? If the answer is yes then content DOES matter and it will encourage those that view it. It's easy to dismiss responsibility by saying that one individual is at fault however, a Hollywood lacking any common sense restraint, has been gleefully feeding and nurturing monsters for decades and then to express shock when the monsters bite back, is arrogant hypocrisy on a grand scale. To read this drivel from a director who ardently supported his fans for threatening the lives of critics who reviewed the film less than enthusiastically, is the height of conceit!

  64. BlownfuelCoupe says:

    Geoff, Your Villains are much more believable than your "concern".

  65. The late Heath Ledger described the joker he created in the last movie as a 'psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy.'
    Looks like someone just tried out for the part. This isn't about guns, it's about HOLLYWEIRD and their reckless creations that pervert our culture. The demonic nature of the joker character likely consumed Heath Ledger and now this…
    Stay away from the spiritual sewer, folks. Families and survivors: SUE the HOLLYWEIRDOS.

  66. Raven says:

    It is a sad sign of what our society feeds upon for entertainment. movies like these glorify evil acts, turning the most evil character into twisted heroes for the deranged evil personality's to fantasize and idolize.

  67. justaguest says:

    movies are based on reality; not the other way around… this movie is full of government mind control and propaganda. furthermore, this incident was a government false flag prequel to the UN gun ban treaty.

  68. nooch says:

    Nolan you can be proud your movie was used as the backdrop for what certainly appears to be a mass-murder psychological terrorist operation against the American people, blurring reality with comic books, timed perfectly to push the UN's anti-gun legislation over the top and sign the papers that say that Americans must give up their guns – which of course will turn us all into victims begging for the protection of a super hero like the president, since we are weak helpless trash. This is the kind of stuff they've spent 50 years and your tax money dreaming up in their Think Tanks.

  69. Black Eagle says:

    What a wretched man you are, Mr. Nolan. You take a child’s comic book hero, and make him into a sinister neurotic, in monstrous films stuffed with blood-soaked violence and sadistic murdering. I wonder if in private, you are fond of whips and chains, such that you consider the kind of Hollywood filth you have created, as something suitable or justifiable — everyone knows Batman films get watched by children, but you made these monstrosities into XXX violence-porn, knowing you could technically get around the ratings blockade for children. You are not alone in corrupting and destroying the minds of children with sick and extremely graphic violence, but by use of film media, have far more influence than most. Shame on you, shame on your disgusting films, shame on Hollywood, and double-shame on you personally for not taking responsibility in those areas where you could easily do so.

  70. michael says:

    I just read a book on Marie Antoinette, the queen of France beheaded during the "revolution". Barbarity is relative, those were some very hard times. I think the way our culture is so militarized on the one hand with all our warfare and "defense" industry and yet soft and coddled on the other hand because such a small percentage of the population actually gets into harms way that things like this are more likely to happen. Young men are conflicted about the nature of their society and sometimes act out devastatingly.

  71. Joe says:

    Hollywood directors like Nolan bear some of the culpability for this kind of stuff. Their movies are increasingly sadistic, demented, and violent and are often viewed by children. They do this not for "art" but to make a buck. If you believe that violent movies have no influence on our children, ask yourself why businesses spend billions of dollars each year on advertising. Is it because advertising doesn't work?

  72. Jay says:

    So can we call this a terrorist act? O wait..the guy is non-muslim white..nevermind.

  73. Hazmat77 says:

    movies affect people in many ways …. people who are living with an otherwise fragile psyche are susceptible to undue influences – some of which may obviously be found in many motions pictures produced and shown. Wih the ever increasing complexities of modern life, becoming lost in the nonreality of film is problematic for many people. Dismissing the notion that films can and do influence personal action of viewers is sophomoric and dangerous … Censorship is NOT the answer as it simply creates worse problems.

  74. jfire says:

    Believe it. watching something over and over certainly does eventually desensitive people. What do you think they do to prisoners of war. It is a way of breaking down moral codes. You can say we as humans have always been this way, and true there have always been those that have been the bad guys, but there was a kind of code of honor even among bad guys. They didn't just kill for no reason, and kill babies and women unless they were barbarians. You can't blame the parents either. Parents do their best to shield their children, but there is just too much out there to protect them 24 hours a day. Luckily my generation did have good role models. The movies do not have them anymore.

  75. collins says:

    I do not know for sure but I guess if you are a responsible adult maybe you should consider all the crap you have produced and say maybe they should ban my product because of the shootings I believe that is as viable as any other knee jerk reaction I have heard.Do not react , think passion after a tragady does not make good laws

  76. Airborne869 says:

    Nolan’s movie Dark Knight Rising is “Savage and Appalling.”

    The Killer mimicked his movie and the theater of Gangster’s…

    I wouldn't look at the parents…I'd look to Hollywood…! ! !

  77. Tom Clair says:

    Hollywood id responsible for this! What do you expect decades of gratuitous violence coming from Hollywood. For God's sake don't you realize, people emulate what they see in the movies. When gangs and violence are glamorized what else will we get?

  78. ARA says:

    This director's movies are so violent that he needs high tech million dollar special effects to "unfold" his "joyful" stories on the screen. He's not part of the solution, he's part of the problem.

  79. Tzi says:

    It was meant to inspire good. Not madness. Not death.

    -Bruce Wayne talking about Batman, 'The Dark Knight'

  80. Parker says:

    These Christopher Nolan Batman movies are vomitus, sadistic trash. That so many people can derive pleasure from this kind of gratuitous sadism is truly scary.

  81. suibne says:

    he makes savage, appaling, stupid movies year after year and …..this is what he has to say?

  82. James says:

    I don’t know how so many here can visit this mostly liberal newspaper website and be so conservative and narrow-minded. To believe that violent movies, television and video games crest psychopaths is absolutely absurd. Only those disturbed individuals who cannot tell right from wrong could be inspired by a movie: but they could just as easily be inspired by a news report or something that they read. Or maybe people are killing because they have always done it throughout history. Stop spouting your delusional nonsense. Movies don’t kill people and they don’t cause violence. I’ve watched violent movies since I was a small child and I have never decided to commit acts of violence. I don’t even own a gun because guns are evil and they should be banned. Violence in movies is not meant to encourage violence: it’s actually the opposite. Unless you are watching those dumb action movies with Stallone or Schwarzenegger that make light of violence. But really even those don’t inspire crimes. If you are intelligent enough to realize these violent films are making a statement against violence. Anyways you conservatives need to get your priorities straight. Just because you want to keep your precious guns, doesn’t give you the right to blame artists and entertainers. The fact that you would, sickens me inside.

  83. Eric Saarinen says:

    Did this murderer see the movie? I don't think so. Why did do his reality show where dozens of random people are hurt or killed? Why did he set it up so the evidence would be destroyed, in case he got away? Why did he not want to die in a blaze of glory? Why are we here on earth… the rest of us lucky to be alive? Why is our question in and of life. We did not make us. We will never know the answer to "Why".

  84. @Ogojoi says:

    i believe dat movies are people's ideas brought to life so when i c christopher Nolan i jst want to c his imagination and he has neva disappointed me. believe

  85. Peter says:

    Why is there always sick muppets in the world who think they can do the things they see on screen in real life. Kids for too many years have spent too much time in front of computers and television screens which has blurred their view of reality. The product is sick wankers like this guy who thinks its okay to dress up as a movie character and shoot dead innocents on an evening out. It’s time we brought in tougher social order and monitered young people and their exposure to graphic material and hold carers and parents accountable. Britain has the same problems with young people trying to live out violence they have seen on mainstream media. Anyway god rest the victims and bless their families

  86. zoeyfrancis says:

    Wow… There are a lot of joyless people who read the L.A. Times. It’s always been the practice of cynics to blame and point fingers at everyone but themselves. I know you don’t want advice from anyone, but I’m going to put it out there anyway: Find something, anything, that gives you a reason to appreciate life. The rest of us can decide for ourselves what entertainment we want to indulge in without your sanctimonious assessments.

  87. edwin says:

    I don't even know why everyone is reacting to the idea of violent films = violent behavior?!

    This is just plain silly. I suppose we should all stop driving cars because they lead to accidents or perhaps stop playing sports because it brings out the aggresion in us all.

    STOP being so precious!! So some psycho lashed out and there will be justice brought upon him.
    Pretty much it. Harden the f@#k up and get on with life, I'd say.

  88. oneoflokis says:

    & Gary L Hammontree: as well as educating kids (& govt would have to put forward cash for media studies courses in schools to make them THAT intellectually aware) why not tell comic book movie makers to make movies that LOOK LIKE COMICS (like Marvel does) and not PRETEND like that pretentious prat Christopher Nolan that it is all “realism” and about “real-world issues”? &one thing that the Burton movies (though also dark and violent) did is that (as Danny DeVito remarked) made the villains and their methods so fantastical that they were impossible to copy. I knew Nolan’s neo-brutalist capitalist-realism piles of negative unaesthetic totally de-fairy-taled rubbish could only end in tears – but I didn’t think it would be as bad as this!

    And I agree with everyone who commented negatively on the film, Nolan’s arrogance and the corporate media’s surely not totally naive but deliberate influence on “unwitting minds”. & I see that that constitutes the majority of you – good – time to take Hollywood back from the 1%

  89. smythechristina says:

    This is a tragic loss. I send all prayers to the victims' families. Someone created a memorial page for these victims on Evertalk within Facebook. There is a memorial fund on this page and people can donate to help the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy. Here's the page.

  90. jacklyn johnson says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of these victims. Please know that we share your sorrow at this difficult time. Thanks for the heads up on the Evertalk memorial page Christina. I will make sure to visit it.

  91. Michel J. says:

    The late Heath Ledger described the joker he created in the last movie as a 'psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy.'
    Looks like someone just tried out for the part. This isn't about guns, it's about HOLLYWEIRD and their reckless creations that pervert our culture. The demonic nature of the joker character likely consumed Heath Ledger and now this…
    Stay away from the spiritual sewer, folks. Families and survivors: SUE the HOLLYWEIRDOS.

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