Ann Borders' evolving blog on stigma prompted me to chime in about the new Batman movie. At one point, a key character is going to kill one of the Joker's henchmen, but Batman stops him, noting that the bad guy has paranoid schizophrenia (gotta love those superhero diagnostic powers). I was very displeased that the Joker's cronies were depicted as having schizophrenia. I do not know the history of the Batman comics and whether this is consistent with the story (please let me know if it is), but a little editing would have gone a long way. Some may say it's just a movie, but with The Dark Knight shattering box office records week after week, this incorrect and stereotypical view of people with schizophrenia as crazed and violent lunatics is going to be seen by a lot of people. P.S. Schizophrenia.com has had some buzz on this topic.