The Dark Knight Rises... Yet For Some, The Sun Set

By Qe Haynes on July 24, 2012

Photo by from "New York Premiere"

Many of us bat crazed fans have long anticipated the arrival of the latest installment of the Batman saga. Many people purchased their tickets days, or even weeks in advance. Some even dress up in Batman costumes or other characters from the movie. Although I find those people totally cool I must admit I am not quite brave enough to adorn myself in a Batman suit; yet, I would have no problem driving around in the Batmobile *wink wink*. Ahh yes, the black sleek, super cool Batmobile, equipped with all types of cool gadgetry and crime fighting maneuvers at the effortless touch of a button… Ok sorry about that I digress, I told you I’m a die hard fan.

Imagine all the excitement and sheer joy as moviegoers flocked nationwide to see 12am screenings of “The Dark Knight Rises”. For many of us loyal fans it is more than just a movie it’s a monumental part of our Batman history. Now imagine just as you and your buddies get comfortable in your seats, complete with popcorn and soda as our beloved Dark Knight arrives on the big screen a gunman with gas explosives appears releasing the gas and open fire. Unimaginable right? This sounds like a scene from the movie; wherein, one of Batman’s nemesis (Two- Face, Penguin, or the notorious Joker) attack the innocent victims of Gotham City.

Tragically, this was the reality for moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado, at Century 16 Theater for “The Dark Knight Rises” midnight screening . reports that masked gunman James Holmes, walked into the theater equipped with gas explosives, an AR-15 assault rifle, and two .40 caliber Glock handguns and opened fired leaving 12 dead and 59 wounded. He was arrested and reportedly did not resist.

Total devastation for those families affected by this inhumane crime and a brutal blow to mankind and the value of life. So while millions around the world were enjoying “The Dark Knight Rises” for the 12 victims that lost their life that day the sun set for them, permanently. Yet it is not too late for you my wonderful friends.

Let us do our part and make this unfortunate event one of triumph by not taking our lives or the ones who we hold dear to us for granted; not for even one second. First, begin by taking a moment of silence, reflection, & love for the ones that were lost and hope their families and friends receive the strength they need during this time. It does not take long to let those you hold dear to your heart know how much you really care, love, and forever grateful they are a part of your life. I urge you my friends, DO NOT wait until the sun sets!


I am the mother of the most phenomenal 6 year old in the universe. I am a double major in Communications/English with Rhetorical Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) so I value and love text with meaning and purpose; as well as an avid student of written and spoken word. I enjoy tutoring children in English and writing as well as passionate advocate for proper funding for the arts in elementary schools.

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