Ron Phillips
July 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM EDT

The Dark Knight Rises

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
164 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/20/12
performer
Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman
director
Christopher Nolan
distributor
Warner Bros.
genre
Drama, Action Adventure, Crime

Christopher Nolan has released a statement following the tragic events in Colorado in the early hours of July 20 — when a gunman opened fire at midnight screening of  The Dark Knight Rises.

“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,” the director said.

12 audience members were shot and killed, 49 more were injured in the shooting.

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