'Dark Knight Rises' Shooting: 5 New Developments
It's been a little over a day since the tragic shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Co. and new developments have surfaced regarding the events that transpired.
On Friday, the 24-year-old James Holmes — hidden behind a ballistic helmet, bullet-resistant vest, a gas mask, tactical gloves and protection for his legs, throat and groin — entered into a local theater in the Denver suburb and calmly open fired at movie-goers, hitting a total of 71 people.
Read on for the latest updates.
1. The shooting suspect's home had been rigged with booby-traps for cops.
Riddled with explosive devices, Holmes' apartment had been "set up to kill" anyone who entered the building. As of Saturday afternoon, authorities have successfully disarmed the first trip wire and incendiary device in his home, reports ABC. More explosive devices -- including approximately 30 aerial shells -- is said to be found in the home, and will be disposed of safely in a disposal site.
2. Prior to the shooting, Holmes had set up an online dating profile asking visitors to visit him in prison.
Holmes' profile on website AdultFriendFinder.com had recently surfaced and TMZ reports that the Colorado resident had left a cryptic message reading, "Will you visit me in prison?" According to the news site, Holmes created the profile on July 5 and last logged in to the site sometime in the past three days.
3. Warner Bros. cancels premieres in Japan and Mexico.
The studio behind The Dark Knight Rises has axed next week's Tokyo and Mexico City premieres. "Due to the tragic events in Aurora, Colorado, Warner Bros. Pictures has cancelled the previously scheduled personal appearances by the cast and filmmakers in Mexico and Japan on behalf of The Dark Knight Rises," an official statement from the studio read. "However, in an effort not to disappoint the dedicated fans of the film, we will proceed with our previously scheduled special screenings for invited guests and promotional winners."
4. Movie studios band together following shooting.
In rare show of solidarity, Sony, Fox, Disney, Universal, Fox, Lionsgate and Dark Knight Rises distributor Warner Bros. are all witholding their box office revenue reports until Monday as a sign of respect to those who were involved in the shooting. Though not officially confirmed by the studio, Hollywood insiders say the last of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is on track to make $165 million, putting it just behind The Avengers with the second biggest opening weekend of all time.
5. Christian Bale "cannot express the horror" he feels, according to a newly released statement.
Actor Christian Bale, who plays Batman in Dark Knight Rises, has released a statement in response to the recent tragic events. "Words cannot express the horror that I feel," the statement read. "I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."
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