The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan has released a statement last night in response to Friday’s massacre in Aurora, Colorado, at a midnight screening of his film. Twenty-four-year-old gunman James Holmes killed 12 moviegoers and injured nearly 60 others.
Director Nolan’s statement reads:
"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."
Warner Brothers, the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises, cancelled its Paris movie premiere last night out of respect for the victims. The studio has also suggested it may not report this weekend’s box office numbers in a gesture of sympathy.