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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Theater Shooting Documentary Coming Your Way From BBC Three

Aurora Shooting
Karl Gehring, Denver Post

It was just a few weeks ago that a man opened fire on a midnight screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and injuring 58 people. In a quick turnaround, network BBC Three is already planning an hour-long documentary on the tragedy.

According to THR, the documentary will be tentatively — and ridiculously — titled ‘The Batman Shootings,’ instead of something more honest like, ‘This Psychopath With Obvious Mental Issues Decided to Kill a Bunch of People Because Guns Are Too Readily Accessible in the US.’ Yeah, you guys are right, that title’s a little too wordy.

The doc is being described as a “quick turn-around current affairs film” (you don’t say) and will run 60 minutes, airing on August 23 on BBC Three, the network that skews to a younger audience. Executive producer Steve Anderson provides the motivation behind the project:

“Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora – and even this weekend the shootings at the Sikh Temple in Milwaukee, in which seven people were killed – the list of gun massacres in the USA grows ever longer. America is mainly split on the issue of gun controls – this film concentrates on what young people there think should happen now.”

That’s a great angle for such an unfortunately-titled doc. Gun control is an ongoing issue in the US, which has one of the highest rates of gun-related deaths in the world, compared to other countries like the UK, France, Spain, Germany and Canada — all countries which have more strict gun control policies.

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