‘Dark Knight’ Christian Bale Visits Aurora Shooting Victims

Cory Lopez / July 24, 2012

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Following the Friday mass shooting at a Dark Knight Rises screening Aurora, Colorado, people launched a social media campaign — using the hashtag #BaleOutAurora on Twitter — calling for Christian Bale to visit the victims  and now, the on-screen hero has done just that.

Sparked by a viral Facebook post in which a young woman named Emily Sanchez asked Bale to give the those affected by the massacre — which killed 12 and injured 58 — a reminder that “heroes can be real too, not just bad guys.”

At the time, Bale was overseas but now in a surprise move organized by the actor himself, Bale has answered the people’s plea.

The actor flew in to Colorado to pay a visit to the victims and staff at the Medical Center of Aurora, Warner Brothers officials confirmed to the The Denver Post.

“Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers,” said an assistant for Susan Fleishman, executive vice president for Warner Brothers corporate communications.

In effort to fly undercover, Bale reportedly arrived at the hospital via ambulance around 2 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, according to Fox 31 Denver.

Carey Rottman, one those injured in Friday’s shooting, posted two photos of himself with Bale on his Facebook page.

“Wow!!! Thank you so much for the visit Christian!! What a great guy! Still in shock!” he captioned one snap.

Following the shooting Bale spoke publicly supporting the victims.

“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,” he said.

The visit comes just days after James Eagan Holmes, 24, allegedly opened fired during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises early Friday. Holmes, a former doctoral student in neuroscience, allegedly entered the theater through a propped-open emergency exit about 30 minutes into the local premiere of the Batman blockbuster. The shooting left 12 dead and 58 injured.

Holmes has been held without bond in solitary confinement at an Arapahoe County detention facility in Centennial, Colorado, since being arrested early Friday. He is expected to face first-degree murder charges — and possibly additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations — and is due back in court Monday, July 30.

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