Batman fans were eager to watch a movie where good trumps evil; however, what they got that unfortunate Thursday night was just the opposite. The mass killings that occurred at the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado were a powerful reminder that villains exist in the real world, and not just on the big screen. James Holmes, a 24 year old student from the University of Colorado, allegedly burst into a packed theatre and opened fire on an unsuspecting crowd, killing 12 and injuring an additional 59. This tragic event left the numerous victims, friends, and families of those affected crying out for an answer, and a hero.
How do they find this hero? They turn to social media.
Facebook pages, videos, and petitions have been circulating the web in hopes of getting Christian Bale, the actor who plays “Batman” in the film, to visit the victims of the shooting, dressed in his Batman costume. One Facebook photo that has gained hundreds of thousand shares is a note that states, “I propose we (as in all of facebook) should make enough noise asking Christian Bale to visit these kids in the hospital dressed in the real Batman outfit. They need to know Heroes can be real too, not just the bad guys. If you read this, share it on your wall. If you want to go the extra mile, post it in other sites as well. Show the kids there really are heroes.” On this past Friday, the hashtag #BaleOutAurora also called for the star to visit the injured children in the hospital.
Many of those who were hurt were children and teenagers who were huge fans–and many believe that this would, at the very least, brighten their day. Bale released the following statement regarding the shooting, omitting a direct response to the request: “Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loves ones, but my heart goes out to them.”