Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Steamworks: A Death in The Family

Hey Gang,

So as you might have guessed from the title of the post, I'll mainly be talking about Batman. Now I have to be quick because I don't have much time:

For those of you who don't know, there was a mass shooting at a Batman premier in Colorado by a man who claims to be a real life Joker. The guy's a damn nut case, but I have to admit, he's barking brilliant. From what I heard, he had this plan where he left his apartment with loud music on so his neighbors would complain and call the cops. When the cops came, they found a booby-trapped apartment full of explosives. So naturally, a large chunk of the police force and some ambulance trucks go to the scene in case anyone's hurt. Well this guy goes into the movie and coordinates his shooting with a part in the Dark Knight Rises movie where there are explosives going off and guns being fired.

Could you imagine how scary that would have been? I was thinking what I would have done had I been there, and I realized that, until I actually saw people getting shot, I would have taken it as some actor coming in and giving us a special appearance or something. Hell, I might have even cheered him on ... at least until I saw there were actual bullets coming out of his gun ... if I even had time to figure out what was going on. Apparently it took the police a while to even find any records on this guy, and like I said he referred to himself as the Joker. Because of this, the Dark Knight Rises Paris Premier was actually canceled.

***NOTE: I understand everyone's hearing different stories about what happened exactly; when something big like this hits the news, things tend to get mixed up. In any case, this is the story I heard, and regardless the guy's still crazy and wrong for what he did.***

So down to the cool part; apparently, there's this Facebook campaign to get Christian Bale to dress up AS the Batman and visit the victims in the hospital. The purpose of him dressing up as the Batman is symbolic in the fact that while real villains may exist, real heroes can exist too. Personally, I'm completely on board and I think the idea is spectacular. I really hope the campaign finds its way to Bale and he agrees; it would make me cry to see the victims so happy to see their hero. And simply how awesome is that?! Not only do they get to meet Christian Bale, THEY GET TO MEET THE BATMAN. Not many people can say they got to meet the real Batman (or as far as real gets anyway).

Anyway, like I said, I totally agree with the cause. If you agree, I urge you to check it out, make your friends aware, and spread the word as best you can.

Thanks for tuning in,

Peter, The Steamworks

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