After the horrific shooting in a Colorado cinema on the opening night of The Dark Knight Rises, a lot has been happening in response to the tragedy. A gunman (James Holmes), dressed in a military uniform wearing a gas mask, opened fire in a packed cinema in Aurora, Colorado and killed 14 people and injured a further 50. Some reports are saying maybe more have lost their lives. The gunman is in police custody, however no motive has yet been revealed.
Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight Rises, released a statement yesterday:
“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“
In a response to the tragic events, Warner’s have said that they intend to remove all guns and gun references to their marketing behind what could be the years biggest film. The movie itself will not be changed in any way, however all promotional trailers from now on will not feature any guns. Warner’s have sprung into action and are making a gun-free trailer to release soon.
In a further response to the shootings, and out of respect for those affected, Warner’s has decided not to share any box office takings for the film this weekend:
“Out of respect for the victims and their families,” the statement reads, “Warner Bros. Pictures will not be reporting box office numbers for The Dark Knight Rises throughout the weekend. Box office numbers will be released on Monday.”
In the US security has been added to screenings of The Dark Knight Rises, and police are patrolling late night showings in major cities to ease movie fans worried about copycat killings.
AMC Theatres in the US have banned all costumes and face masks usually worn to their cinemas by dedicated fans. Anyone arriving to watch the film dressed up will not be allowed in.
In Paris the premiere on Friday was cancelled due to the killings, with workers on Friday observing the red carpet display being dismantled. Warner’s have said all media interviews in Paris have been cancelled. The premiere was due to show in a cinema on Paris’ famed Champs-Elysees Avenue, and was due to be a massive star studded event with stars Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard in attendance.
By Matt Wavish