Bale horrified by Denver shootings

Actor Christian Bale has expressed his horror at the shootings that occurred during a Colorado screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Director Christopher Nolan has also expressed his shock at the events that occurred at the premiere screening in Aurora.

Bale plays Batman in the last instalment of Nolan’s series. "Words cannot express the horror I feel," Bale said. "I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."

The shootings in Aurora claimed 12 lives, with many more injured. Over 50 people were shot at the Century 16 cinema in the Denver suburb. A suspect, James Holmes, was reported to be wearing a gas mask and releasing gas canisters in the cinema before opening fire at filmgoers.

Nolan also spoke of his shock. "I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community," he said. "The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me."

Premieres for the film in Paris, Japan and Mexico have already been canecelled. Warner Bros have also declined to release the box office figures for the film’s opening weekend in the US. They issued a statement saying: "Out of respect for the victims and their families, Warner Bros Pictures will not be reporting box office numbers for The Dark Knight Rises throughout the weekend."

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