Many are still having trouble finding ways to express their grief over the tragic shooting at an Aurora, Colo. midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises that left 12 dead and dozens injured. Anne Hathaway noted how she was “at a loss for words how to express [her] sorrow,” and Christian Bale spoke of how he could not “begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones.”
Christopher Nolan, the mastermind behind The Dark Knight trilogy, was hit especially hard by the shooting. Read a statement he released expressing his condolences below.
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.
James Holmes, the 24-year-old accused of the shooting, is set to make his first appearance before a judge this morning.