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Viewers Cringe at ‘Batman’s’ Violence

“A woman’s fingers are gnawed until they bleed by a pack of ravenous stray cats. A man’s nose is nearly bitten off in a sneak attack by a fish-eating humanoid. Circus clowns open fire on hapless civilians and women are periodically thrown to their death.”

So begins Kenneth Turan’s review of “Batman Returns” (“The Roar of the Cat, Whimper of the Bat,” June 19), which he describes as “dark” and “oppressive.” Violence-loving adults may enjoy this film. But why on Earth is McDonald’s pushing this exploitative movie through the sale of its so-called “Happy Meals”? Has McDonald’s no conscience?

DALE K. MEADOR JR.

Escondido

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