A judge Tuesday accepted Aurora, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes’ plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, after the defendant admitted Joel Schumacher’s 1997 cinematic disaster, “Batman & Robin,” is his favorite film in the “Batman” franchise.
According to Judge Carlos Samour, when he heard Holmes confess that he preferred Schumacher’s critically-panned “Batman & Robin” over Tim Burton’s and Christopher Nolan’s superior installments in the franchise, he knew Holmes was clearly insane.
“I feel Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ and ‘Batman Returns,’ as well as Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘Dark Knight,’ although entertaining, were too dark for me,” Holmes told Judge Samour in front of a packed courthouse. “When people go see a ‘Batman’ movie, they want to have a good time, not feel depressed when they leave the theater.”
Holmes further proved how mentally unstable he truly is when he went on a two-hour rant in court about how Joel Schumacher is the greatest auteur Hollywood has produced in the last 50 years. Holmes’ attorneys provided more proof of their client’s mental illness when they entered into evidence Holmes’ extensive DVD collection featuring every movie Schumacher ever directed, including “D.C Cab,” “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Batman Forever,” “8MM,” “Bad Company,” “The Phantom of the Opera” in addition to Schumacher’s later and progressively more terrible films, “The Number 23,” “Blood Creek,” “Twelve” and “Trespass.”
“I’ve seen a lot of horrible things over my decades on the bench as a judge, but nothing I have seen ever compares with how terrible ‘Batman & Robin’ was,” Judge Samour told Hollywood & Swine. “It’s clear Holmes isn’t in his right mind and has awful taste in movies.”
Holmes’ was furious when he heard the judge’s decision to accept his insantity, realizing he would be sentenced to a mental hospital for the criminally insane, instead of being sent to his preferred destination, the Renny Harlin Penitentiary otherwise known as DirectorJail, where Holmes’ filmmaking hero, Joel Schumacher, is currently serving 40 consecutive life sentences for his cinematic crimes, including attempted murder for trying to kill George Clooney’s career with “Batman & Robin.”