I hate that we live in a world now where a “Batman shooting” is a real thing. Those of us who love characters like Batman often do so because we like the idea of a world where a fantastic character like him stands up to the extraordinarily evil.
The innocent victims who were watching The Dark Knight Rises were part of our society’s relationship with the heroic ideal, the feeling that despite the complexity of reality some figure or force can stand up the darkness and win every time.
We know reality isn’t like that, but it creates an ideal we want to strive towards on either a conscious or subconscious level. And we enjoy the over the top ridiculous ride.
Of course, we do have actual heroes amongst us. They are ordinary citizens, police, doctors, EMTs, firemen, soldiers, and more. They are the ones in the light pushing back the darkness.
They inspire the best in us, and we should do what we can to emulate the best of them.