Dark Knight Suspect: I'm 'The Joker'

James Holmes wore red hair like Heath Ledger in 'Dark Knight'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2012 3:37 PM CDT
Dark Knight Killer: I'm 'The Joker'
This photo provided by the University of Colorado shows James Holmes.    (AP Photo/University of Colorado)

(Newser) – Looks like Dark Knight Rises suspect James Holmes may have been imitating a Batman foe when he killed 12 and wounded 59 in a Colorado theater this morning, TMZ reports. The evidence: James Holmes wore red hair and said he was "The Joker" when arrested by police. "It clearly looks like a deranged individual," said NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at a press conference. "He had his hair painted red, he said he was ‘The Joker,’ obviously the enemy of Batman."

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Holmes may have been reliving a scene in the 2008 film The Dark Knight when Heath Ledger destroys a hospital while wearing a red wig, TMZ notes. TMZ also has a photo Holmes uploaded of himself on MySpace and pics of his shooting arsenal. Click for more on the horrific attack, or more on Holmes himself. (Read more James Holmes stories.)

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