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The Dark Knight Rises and The Superhero Generation

Last Thursday night, I waited with my high school friends to see the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in my hometown of Knoxville, TN. I left the theater completely inspired by the movie and ready to write my next blog post about our generation’s relationship with superhero movies first thing next morning.

Then, the news of the tragic shootings broke.

Even though I am a Tennessee girl at heart, I was born in Aurora, CO. In another universe, that could have be me in Theater 8 with my high school buddies.

Writing this article without mentioning the shootings would be disrespectful and personally offensive. Yet, examining the relationship between millennials and superhero movies is more relevant now than ever. Allow me to honor the young victims, the majority of whom were under 30, by writing about millennials’ special relationship with superhero movies and sending out my prayers and condolences to all those affected by the shooting.

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