George Freund at Conspiracy Cafe discovered that there are 28 marks on the map. One for each victim? Another coincidence, I'm sure.
|From Gotham City Archives|
"WORSE STILL: There were 6 adult staff murdered. There are SIX squares to the left of Strike Zone 4. There were 20 children murdered. Twelve were girls. Eight were boys. There are 7 circles around Strike Zone 4 and five to the right of Strike Zone 3. That makes 12 girls. The other circles are dotted lines. There are EIGHT one for each boy. Strike Zone 1 would be the Lanza home. There is a red circle around a blue square. The Lanza home was blue. Nancy was killed there. To the left of Strike Zone 1 is a square with a dotted line around it for Adam. It is the EXACT death toll and combination. THIS IS MORE THAN EERIE! - George Freund
"Key image" in The Dark Knight Rises Viral Package Credit: Warner Bros.
"The key image in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is not the tattered American flags or the exploding football field. It’s an image that circulated in viral marketing months before the film’s release - Bane’s ‘strike zones’, circled on a map of Gotham City [notice Sandy Hook in the picture of the map above]. The package, sent out to key websites in December 2011, reappeared in The Dark Knight Rises, as Detective John Blake studied it for clues. ‘I don’t know anything about civil engineering,’ he protests. Jim Gordon reassures him. ‘But you know about patterns.’
The Dark Knight Rises - the entire Dark Knight trilogy - is about patterns. It’s about networks. It’s about matrices, links, dialogues, nodes on a map. It’s about echoes between those terms, and the way those terms define themselves in relation to each other, and can shift, and change places. It’s not just as a comment on capitalism that Bane’s men raid a stock exchange, and Bruce ponders the trades they were making.
Just as Batman Begins (2005) suggested that Scarecrow’s use of fear as a weapon was no different from Batman’s, and The Dark Knight (2008) ramped up the stakes by asking what, if anything, separated Batman’s counter-terror measures from Joker’s terror, so The Dark Knight Rises is about the fragility of definitions, the limits of structures, the illusion of binary oppositions."
|Screen shot from Dark Knight Rises|
And one more coincidence. In the beginning of the movie, as the camera pans across the Shangai skyline, the Aurora (Aurora movie theater shooting) logo appears on top of the Aurora Plaza, which is a 185 m high skyscraper in the Pudong financial district of Shanghai, China.
I'm sure most will dismiss these events as chance occurrences, and maybe they are, but you have to admit, it's a little strange.