According to The Wrap, there are reports out of Warner Bros. that they’re considering the cancellation of all screenings of The Dark Knight Rises following the tragic events in Aurora, CO late last night. A 24-year-old man named James Holmes is accused of being the man behind an attack on an audience at a midnight screening of the Christopher Nolan film, breaking into the theater, release tear gas and firing from an assault rifle into the crowd, killing 12 and wounding another 59. It is the largest mass shooting in United States history.
According to initial reporting, an unnamed executive told The Wrap’s website that, “Warner was watching the situation and still considering whether to take further measures beyond cancelling the Paris premiere, including cancelling screenings at theater chains.”
A little while later though, according to sources for E! Entertainment Television, another executive told that site that “he’d be shocked if that happened, but it’s such an unprecedented situation.”
Further reports seem to suggest that Warner Bros. will not be pulling the film, although any further publicity and publicity events have been halted, and all advertisements have been pulled from TV.
In the meantime, both President Barack Obama, and his presidential opponent Governor Mitt Romney have issued statements regarding today’s tragedy.
First the President (courtesy of Bleeding Cool):
Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.
And Governor Romney (courtesy of CBS News):
“Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence that took the lives of 15 people in Colorado and injured dozens more. We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief. We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice.”
If you feel like making a statement about what happened in Colorado, or if you feel like you have to “do something,” might I suggest the following: get your friends together, head out the nearest theater, and have a great time watching top-notch cinematic entertainment. Matthew Jackson says it’s pretty good.