The Dark Knight Rises Director Christopher Nolan Responds to Tragedy in Aurora, CO
07.20.12 by BJSprecher
What should have been a joyous day for so many comic book and movie fans who have been eagerly awaiting the release of the third and final chapter in acclaimed director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, has instead been a day filled with confusion, fear and mourning following the tragic shooting rampage at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO. The suspected shooter, identified as 24-year-old James Holmes, is now in police custody, but the senseless attack on movie revelers has left 12 people dead and nearly 60 injured.
Warner Bros. cancelled today's Paris premiere of the movie at a theater on the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue that would have included Nolan and stars like Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman and Sir Michael Caine, but will not pull the movie from theaters in America. Warner Bros. issued a statement earlier today expressing how "deeply saddened" everyone at the studio is, and now Nolan himself has also issued a statement expressing how "devastating" the "unbearably savage" attack is to him and the rest of the cast and crew.
Here's the statement Nolan sent to Deadline earlier today:
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. 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.