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'Batman' Shooter

'He Said He Was The Joker'

7/20/2012 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

James Holmes

Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes was sporting red hair and told people he was "The Joker" when he was apprehended by police Friday morning ... this according to NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

During a news conference this afternoon, Kelly said, "We have some information, most of it is public. It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was ‘The Joker,’ obviously the enemy of Batman."

ABC News is reporting Holmes made the Joker remark to police, not during the shooting.

It's likely Kelly obtained the information from Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates -- according to reports, the two are good friends. In fact, Oates was a member of the NYPD for 21 years.

Holmes may have been trying to recreate a scene from the 2008 movie, "The Dark Knight" ... which features a scene where The Joker, played by Heath Ledger, wears a red wig while destroying a hospital.

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46.

StupidYank    

Not surprised this monster did what he did !!! With the amount of ridiculously violent films America churns out every year, Is there any surprise why there are so many lunatics in the country?

721 days ago
47.

Bourbon    

I hope the victims of all may find peace, my condolences go out to them, violence is never an issue. It's Ironic to that this guy who committed such crimes has the last name of sherlock holmes, although he isn't real, still this man has made dirty of such a name as HOLMES.

721 days ago
48.

Lmao    

As soon as I heard about this it instantaneously reminded me of the Joker. Stop taking movies so seriously people, it's SUPPOSED to be make believe and entertaining. I'd be surprised if that was the only motivation behind this incident, though, so we'll see what turns out as more details develop.

721 days ago
49.

gamepro    

people take movies way to serious and its a movie all acting and fake and maybe in each movie before it starts it should say do not act out these stunts

721 days ago
50.

Joy    

I dont care how crazy he is... mentally unstable... He needs to be put to sleep or spend the rest of his pathetic life in prison.

721 days ago
51.

paul a.    

Sort of puts all that "dark" nonsense around this movie in perspective....

721 days ago
52.

jacksonfive210    

Bring on the conspiracy theories

721 days ago
53.

coooool    

how sad

721 days ago
54.

Sarah    

I hope this evil, psychopath rots in hell for what he's done. Killing those poor innocent people for no reason. And I dont care if he's mentally ill he hurt an 3 month old baby and killed 12 innocent people. I hope they throw him in a 4 wall cell and feed him rats and bugs. Selfish, vile people like this thing makes me sick.

721 days ago
55.

Oh A 💛💋    

Burn in hell bitch !

721 days ago
56.

t.r.    

Ultimate POS. He wants to be the Joker? Let him explain that scenario to his new cell mate.

721 days ago
57.

samanthawesome    

that is so sad.

721 days ago
58.

anisha     

nut case !

721 days ago
59.

trisha    

That's so sick that he's actually smiling in his mug shot after killing all those innocent people. I kinda feel bad for people like this. something probably happened in their childhood or their parents were abusive or neglected their children. That's the problem with the world, a lot of people can give two ****s about society & they harm innocent people. that guy is a ****ing bastard i hope he rots in prison & burns in hell.

721 days ago
60.

Ssssbbbb    

He was mad that batman died.

721 days ago
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