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Batman director devastated by mass shooting

Batman director devastated by mass shooting

Sat July 21, 2012 5:29pm

Christopher Nolan says the shooter violated an 'innocent and hopeful' place.

Christopher Nolan, director of Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, says he is devastated by the mass shooting of cinema patrons in Colorado on Friday.

"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," he said in a statement.

Twelve people have been killed and more than 50 people injured after a lone gunman attacked the midnight premiere of The Dark Night Rises in Aurora, a suburb in Denver, Colorado.

The gunman, 24-year-old Aurora resident James Eagan Holmes, entered the cinema via an emergency exit and indiscriminately shot at the movie patrons. Holmes was arrested by police not long after the attack.

Industry response

ABCNews in the US said Nolan and some of the movie's cast were in Paris preparing for a premiere of the film when they heard news of the shooting. That premiere and corresponding media interviews have since been cancelled.

Warner Bros, the studio behind the Batman film, has pulled a trailer that was showing before The Dark Knight Rises due to a scene in which cinema-goers are shot, says MSNBC.

The movie Gangster Squad, which is also a Warner Bros production, features a scene in which four men shoot up a movie theatre with automatic weapons. The company is in the process of removing the trailer from showing in cinemas throughout the US.

The studio has also announced it will not publish the weekend's box office takings out of respect to the shooting victims, The Hollywood Reporter said. Other Hollywood studios are promising to do the same.

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