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Extreme Trauma': First Lawsuit From 'Batman' Massacre Filed

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"Extreme trauma."

In this film image released by Warner Bros., Christian Bale portrays Bruce Wayne and Batman in a scene from "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP PHoto/Warner Bros.)

Well, it was only a matter of time before it happened. We just didn't think it would be this soon.

Citing "extreme trauma," "Batman" massacre survivor Torrence Brown, Jr. has filed a lawsuit against three defendants: Warner Bros., the theater where the shooting spree took place, and the alleged gunman's doctor.

Brown "was in Century 16 Theater when [James] Holmes let loose, TMZ reports. "One of Brown's best friends, A.J. Boik, was shot in the chest and died.  Brown, who was not physically injured, claims to now suffer from extreme trauma."

Image courtesy TMZ

Through his attorney Donald Karpel, Brown is going against the aforementioned defendants for the following reasons [via TMZ]:

1) The theater. Karpel claims it was negligent for the theater to have an emergency door in the front that was not alarmed or guarded.  It's widely believed Holmes entered the theater with a ticket,  propped the emergency door open from inside, went to his car and returned with guns.

2) Holmes' doctors.  Karpel says it appears Holmes was on several medications -- prescribed by one or more doctors --  at the time of the shooting and he believes the docs did not properly monitor Holmes.

3) Warner Bros.  Karpel says "Dark Knight Rises" was particularly violent and Holmes mimicked some of the action.  The attorney says theater goers were helpless because they thought the shooter was part of the movie.  Karpel tells TMZ, "Somebody has to be responsible for the rampant violence that is shown today."

Front page photo source: The Associated Press

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