Christopher Nolan, director of “The Dark Knight Rises,” is calling the mass shooting at a midnight showing of the film in Aurora, Colo. that left at least 12 people dead and more than 70 injured a “senseless tragedy.”
“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,” he said in a statement released by his publicist today. “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,” he said, “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.”
Despite the tragedy, movie industry watchers say the film is likely to do well at the box office over the weekend.
This is an unprecedented situation, but I believe the true fans still want to see this movie,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Hollywood.com’s box office division. “The people who bought their tickets online, who opted for the presale, I don’t see them giving up their tickets.”