Director Christopher Nolan (C) poses with actors (from L-R) Gary Oldman, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine, at his hand and footprint ceremony in the forecourt of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (Photo : Director Christopher Nolan (C))
In the wake of the Colorado Movie Massacre, the stars and filmmakers of "The Dark Knight Rises" have come out to voice their support for the families of the victims.
Director Christopher Nolan was the first of the batch and he published a release in which he expressed his condolences for the families of the victims.
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"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."
Nolan finalized his statement with: "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."
Actor Gary Oldman, who plays Commissioner Gordon in the film, then stated "My prayers and deepest sympathies are with the victims and their families of this horrific act."
Actors Christian Bale, who plays Bruce Wayne/Batman in the film, and Anne Hathaway, Selina Kyle/Catwoman, have more recently made their statements heard on the subject.
"My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act," said Hathaway in a statement on Saturday. "I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."
"Words cannot express the horror that I feel," said Bale in a statement released on Saturday by his spokeswoman, Jennifer Allen. "I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."
ames Holmes, 24, opened fire on an entire movie theater during a screening of the new "Dark Knight" film. He is currently in police custody after murdered 12 and leaving 58 others injured.
The film series has long been associated with tragedies. The 2008 hit "The Dark Knight" will always be associated not only with the haunting performance of Academy Award winner Heath Ledger as the Joker, but also his untimely death from a drug overdose. During the production of that film, Conway Wickliffe, a New Zealand-born special effects technician, died while preparing a stunt.