At a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado on Friday a lone gunman called James Holmes (who called himself The Joker) appeared to have a mental breakdown and shot 12 people with 59 injured. The whole world was mourning the losses and it has resulted in Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale and Gary Oldman issuing statements regarding the horrific incident. Read them below:
“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.”
“My prayers and deepest sympathies are with the victims and their families of this horrific act.”
“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.”
Our sincere condolences from everybody at UTF go out to the families who have lost relatives because of the shootings. However, don’t let this stop you from watching The Dark Knight Rises this weekend, and you shouldn’t give this man the satisfaction of deciding not to go because of him.