opinion | ty burr
Tragedy must lead to deeper cultural conversation
An uncertain line between fantasy’s lure, nightmare
Don’t blame the movie. Don’t blame director Christopher Nolan or star Christian Bale. But maybe it’s worth having a discussion about an entertainment culture that excels at selling violent power fantasies to people who feel powerless. Initially, little was known about the Aurora, Colo., gunman who killed 12 at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” He could be a fan. He could be political. Or maybe Holmes just saw the release of “The Dark Knight Rises” as his best potential stage. Where was all of America (or all of America that mattered to him) at midnight on Thursday? At this movie.