Christopher Nolan, the director and co-writer of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, has released a statement responding to the tragedy that ripped through the small town of Aurora, near Denver, Colorado.
During a midnight screening of the new film, 12 people were shot dead and 59 injured after a man in a bulletproof vest and mask opened fire on the packed cinema screen.
Nolan’s statement reads, “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.”