‘Dark Knight Rises’ Shooting: Director Christopher Nolan ‘Devastated’ By Theater Massacre

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Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan has branded the actions of the Colorado shooter James Holmes as “unbearably savage.”

The critically acclaimed director released a statement Friday afternoon following a shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., which left at least 12 dead and 38 injured.

“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community,” Nolan, 41, said in his statement.

He continued:

I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.

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.

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.

Holmes was heavily armed behind a helmet and body armor as he tossed tear gas canisters into the cinema and shot at movie-goers, hitting 71 people, around 12:38 a.m. in the Denver suburb.

“We have some information, most of it is public. It clearly looks like a deranged individual,” New York City Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a Friday afternoon press conference, which he held to announce increased security for showings of the Batman blockbuster in the area.

“He had his hair painted red; he said he was The Joker, obviously the enemy of Batman.”

Since the shooting, theaters have upped precautionary measures. Cinema chain AMC has already banned all costumed attendees from any Dark Knight Rises screenings.

In lieu of the news, the studio behind the summer blockbuster has canceled the film’s Paris premiere, while the Gangster Squad trailer — which depicts a mobster shooting into a theater full of moviegoers — has been removed from all screenings.

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