Christian Bale and the rest of the cast behind "The Dark Knight Rises" extended their sympathies towards families grieving because of the horrific shooting incident in Aurora, Colorado.
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"The Dark Knight Rises" has been the most hotly anticipated blockbuster film of the summer, but its opening weekend was marred by a horrific shooting spree at a movie theater that left 12 dead and 58 injured in Aurora, Colo. While Warner Bros. executives have chosen to delay releasing financial information about the new release until Monday in the wake of the tragedy, industry insiders agree "The Dark Knight Rises" has earned at least $160 million.
Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt boarded a private plane yesterday on the wake of the Colorado shooting incident. The cast were en route to Los Angeles after "The Dark Knight Rises" premier in Paris was cancelled.
Speaking for the first time, Christian Bale released a statement regarding the Aurora cinema massacre which killed 12 people and injured 58 others at the midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" last Thursday.
"Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them," Bale said on the statement.
He described the incident as "senseless tragedy" and the gunman as "unbearably savage." Referring to movie theaters as his "home," the 41-year-old director said he was devastated that someone would "violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way."
24-year-old James Holmes, opened fire at the Aurora cinema in Colorado during the midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" and killed 12 people. He reportedly referred to himself as "The Joker" when questioned by the police.
James was a student at the University of Colorado before he dropped out in June. A law enforcement officer also said that Holmes' apartment was decorated with "Batman" paraphernalia.
Christopher Nolan released a statement in behalf of the cast and crew of "The Dark Knight Rises." He said:
"Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families."
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