— My brother, talking about Harper Row from Batman #12 by Scott Snyder.
I think the thought and intentions are very noble and very nice, and if Christian Bale, Christopher Nolan, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, etc., find that they’re interested in visiting kids injured in the Aurora shootings, more power to them. I think people would be thrilled and probably find the visit delightful. But I also think that the internet is making this tragedy too much about Batman and not enough about the victims themselves and what they might need.
The people in that movie theater were attacked by a masked man in what is likely going to be the most traumatic experience most of the survivors in the theater will ever face. That being said, I’m not sure that the appearance of another masked man, even a familiar one like “Batman,” in their hospital room would be an altogether good idea (unless one of the victims does want “Batman” to show up - then that’s great). I just don’t think that the internet should be making inappropriate connections between the Batman movie and the mass shooting tragedy.
The choice of venue was up to the aggressor in this situation, not the victims (he would have chosen another place to make a statement had the midnight premiere not worked out). So do we really want to keep that link between the movie and terror going? I think that whether or not Batman makes an appearance should be up to the victims and their families, not a well-intentioned internet. Just saying.