'Dark Knight Rises' shooting has eerie parallels to Arnold Crimp storyline from 'Dark Knight Returns' graphic novel

james-holmes-dark-knight-arnold-crimp.jpgThere are more disturbing details emerging about James Holmes, the man arrested in connection in with the shooting in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater that left 12 dead and dozens injured. The shooting took place during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" Thursday night (July 19).

Now cops are saying that Holmes had dyed his hair red and was calling himself "The Joker."

"It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was 'The Joker,' obviously the enemy of Batman," says New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at a press conference. The connection to the New York Police Department is because Dan Oates, the chief of police in Aurora, was a longtime member of the NYPD before he moved out West.

Meanwhile, "Batman" franchise aficionados have noticed a similarity between the incident and a 1986 series of graphic novels written by Frank Miller.

In "The Dark Knight Returns," a mentally unstable man named Arnold Crimp enters a crowded movie theater with a gun and starts shooting movie-goers, killing three people. Some text from the graphic novel is below:

Arnold Crimp fingers the cold steel thing in his pocket and stares at the movie marquee and does not throw up. He thinks about Led Zeppelin and how they are trying to kill him.

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TV anchorman: "Three slain in Batman-inspired porn theater shoot-out. Details to follow . . ."


The page of the novel is below. It's a rather eerie coincidence.

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