After the horrific events at the Colorado cinema where 14 people were shot dead and more than 50 were injured, Warner Brothers and some of those involved with The Dark Knight Rises have responded carefully, professionally and supportive. Statements have been released from both Christian Bale, Christopher Nolan and Warner Brothers who also held back reporting box office takings out of respect for those affected. Warners are also considering some adjustments to their upcoming film, Gangster Squad, but more on that at the bottom of this post.
The actions by Warners and those involved with The Dark Knight Rises have been commendable, however Christian Bale, who plays Bruce Wayne/Batman in the film, had gone one step further. In a heart-warming act of kindness, Bale has visited those injured at The Medical Center of Aurora, Colorado. The actor spent almost three hours spending time with those in hospital, and even allowed photos to be taken, some of which have already gone online.
The picture above shows Carey Rottman with Bale, and the picture below shows Bale with staff at the hospital.
“The patients were really happy to meet Bale,” Bill Voloch, interim president of Medical Center of Aurora, told the Denver Post. “They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale.”
Bale released a statement on Saturday, in which he said: “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.”
Warners also added that Bale was representing himself and not Warner’s, and this clarified that Bale did this out of the goodness of his heart. This is a really nice things for Bale to do, and I am sure it gave some sort of comfort to the victims there. Warners also stated that they are donating to a charity which is raising funds for the victims.
In a further update on Warner Brother’s other big release, Gangster Squad, it would appear the shootings in Colorado may have caused the film to be pulled from its planned September release date.
I reported over the weekend that the film (which contains a scene where gangsters burst into a cinema screen and shoot at those inside) has already had its trailer pulled from the beginning of The Dark Knight Rises, and there were even talks of removing the cinema scene altogether. There was also talk of the film being pushed back to Ocotober, making it clash with a similar type of film, Alex Cross.
Well, reports have been doing the rounds today that the scene is far too important to the story to cut, so it sounds like the makers are either going to re-cut the scene or remove it altogether and re-write the story. Either way, the scene is being edited, and for that reason Warners have now pulled the film altogether from a release this year. No date has been released, and Warners have not yet commented on their plans, but sources are saying the film will now arrive in January 2013.
By Matt Wavish