Posted on July 22, 2012 at 9:56 PM
Two days have passed since the unthinkable happened in Aurora, Colorado. After the shooting rampage at a midnight viewing of the latest Batman film release left 12 dead, theaters across the country have beefed up security. Some have banned costumes and masks.
A dark shadow has been cast over "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere and most San Antonians are not at all concerned about what happened. Most.
Sunday evening at the Santikos Palladium in northwest San Antonio was business as usual: hot, crowded, long lines - but good times.
Fans paid for their tickets, talked about how the movie would go, and shared their theories about how the trilogy will conclude.
Adrian Valdez, decked out in Batman attire said he thought Batman was, "Awesome!"
Ismael Estrada said she thinks Batman can't and won't simply go away.
"We'll just have to wait and see how the movie is, but I don't think this is going to be the end of Batman. At least in my point of view," she explained.
All seemed normal.
Then a child, only identified as 'Francisco', shared his new-found fear:
"... And I was hoping that no one with a gun was.... would come here," he said
Perhaps there lies the bitter new reality we have to go on with. But maybe it will pass.
If there is anything that can be taken away from San Antonio moviegoers is that everything goes on. As it should be.