There’s a Batman Curse
This legend has been around ever since the 1960’s tv show with Adam West and Burt Ward. According to the collective consciousness of Batman fans, there’s a curse that strikes people involved with the Batman movies.
Starting back with the 1966 Batman, Burt Ward was nearly killed on his first day of shooting, when he was tossed into the batmobile for a dangerous stunt. While the man driving was a stuntman in a Batman costume, the director said that Ward’s double didn’t look enough like him to make it look plausible. Burt Ward spent several days during his time on the show in the ER for various injuries. After that, during the Burton/Schumacher era, there wasn’t much in the way of the curse until the Dark Knight trilogy.
In that time, you had stuntman Conway Wickliffe killed on a stunt filming The Dark Knight, obviously Heath Ledger’s death, Morgan Freeman was almost killed in a car wreck in 2008, the plane used in the prologue of the third film crashed, killing the pilot, and finally Anne Hathaway’s stunt double was almost killed after crashing into cameras on The Dark Knight Rises set.
Then there’s the infamous case of James Holmes murdering 12 people and injuring 50 at the opening night of TDKR in Aurora, Colorado. Even though it had nothing to do with the film, it lends itself to the mythos of the “Dark Knight Curse.”