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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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61.

Precise    

SICK and i just gotta say if this dude was black there's no telling how many ****** and racist comments would have been posted and you know it

723 days ago
62.

Amy    

I don't care what his reasoning is for shooting all of those people. I hope they fry him.

723 days ago
63.

d    

That has not been confirmed and local stations are not reporting this. Don't spread rumors.

723 days ago
64.

TefnutUaRaet    

Ahh Haa, he's "innocent" just like George Zimmerloser is "innocent". No, better yet, it was done in "self-defense" just like George Zimmerloser killed in self-dense. Wait, I ain't finished yet....

723 days ago
65.

Mira    

Sorry dude, but you're actually just some twit from San Diego who went to Comic-Con a few too many times. Enjoy the prison rape. The joker never would have gotten the treatment you're in for.

723 days ago
66.

SpeedDemon    

is crazy nowadays that people cant take their children or other love ones to enjoy a freaking movie. 70+ people getting shot ? this guy have no heart. he will reap what he sow

723 days ago
67.

thegreatamericandesertreturns    

Put jame holmes&fred willard in the same cell togather and maybe they`ll be friends?

723 days ago
68.

TheTruth    

Rush Limbaugh sent him!

723 days ago
69.

Jane    

Whom ever said these movies are evil is a bit off there .. these movies didnt shoot people.. a deranged man shot and killed people... if you interpret a movie to mean you need to go out and shoot some people you are still the problem... i think it just needs to be harder to get guns. you need to be just as competent to do many things in life.

723 days ago
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oink    

If he was or is the Joker, where was Batman when the people needed him ?

723 days ago
71.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

Is there a Batman villain called "the Loser?" Because that would be more appropriate for this guy ha ha.....

723 days ago
72.

Jon    

not really important but the jokers hair is green. though if anything this guy is just as sick and demented as the joker.

723 days ago
73.

Alex Gelfo    

I heard the new batman movie was to die for!

723 days ago
74.

june    

I'm sad at all the people saying they don't want to be in Colorado anymore, I live in Aurora and the city has been going down hill it's very sad it's even #7 or #14 on the most 100 safest city list.

723 days ago
75.

tmr    

This kind of stuff happens every week,(every week), in America, if it weren't for the connection to the media and Hollywood - nobody would be talking about. Sad, but true

723 days ago
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