‘Gangster Squad’ facing release issues after ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ shootings in Colorado

After the tragic shootings at a cinema in Colorado during the opening night of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Brothers have already had to take action. The studio has removed all signs of guns from any promotion for the final film in Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and have also decided to re-shoot a new, gun free trailer.

However, Warners have now taken further action out of respect for those affected by the shootings, only this time the response affects Warners new gangster epic, Gangster Squad.

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film is due to hit UK cinemas on November 9th, however in the US the release date was recently brought forward from October 19th to September 7th. However, the film contains a scene which involves audience members of a cinema being shot at, and Warners feel it is far too soon for US movie goers to stomach watching this scenes. For this reason, Warners is looking to push the release back to the original date, meaning Gangster Squad would have to compete with a similar type of film, Alex Cross.

Warners have also pulled the trailer for the film from the beginning of The Dark Knight Rises because the trailer features the cinema shoot out. However, Warners are now worried about the scene altogether and so the studio is considering cutting the scene altogether. But, with the scene being part of a climatic moment, Warners are not sure whether to cut the scene or look at ways of editing it. If the scene was cut, it would mean the film would have to have re-shoots and possible re-writes to fix the story.

Ruben Fleischer directs, and Will Beal has adapted the screenplay from Paul Lieberman’s book. Ryan Gosling heads up the cast, and joining him for the ride will be (deep breath!!), Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Pena, Mireille Enos, Robert Patrick, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Josh Pence, Derek Mears and Sullivan Stapleton.


Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and–if he has his way–every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart. “Gangster Squad” is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD’s efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.

Gangster Squad arrives in UK cinemas 9th November.

By Matt Wavish

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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