People are still talking about the tragic events that transpired this past weekend, where suspect James Holmes walked into a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado and fired upon the crowd. The resulting tragedy unfortunatly left 12 dead, 59 injured and scarred a nation in a way that it may never quite heal from.
Nearly seventy-two hours removed from the initial shock and dismay everyone and their grandmother has voiced their opinion, including American President Barack Obama. Warner Bros., the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises has already issued a statement, but now Dark Knight director and co-writer Christopher Nolan has released the following statement over the Colorado theater shooting:
“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.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone.com this past Friday in Paris, where the now cancelled Dark Knight premier was to be held, composer Hans Zimmer said:
“We’re all devastated by what’s happened. When we set up this interview, we didn’t know that things would change. I was going to send a note to Chris (Nolan)… but I didn’t have the words. Suddenly, words become meaningless because it’s so beyond anything. Devastated, I suppose, is the word. “It’s just sad.
Here we are, we were trying to celebrate this movie and celebrating that we’d finished it and then this happened.
I just feel so incredibly sad for these people”.
Over at Entertainment Weekly stars Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale also voiced their sympathies over those lost this past weekend.
“My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act. I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”
“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.”
UPDATE: A slew of comic book professionals and heavyweights have spoken up as well. Here’s a look at some of their comments courtesy of Comic Book Movie.
From Brad Meltzer:
“‘No Guns, No Killing.’ That line bears repeating,” quoting a line from a scene in The Dark Knight Rises.
Jonah Weiland, the creator of Comic Book Resources:
“Anybody drawing assumptions between the actions of this man and things they’ve read in a comic book or a movie is just plain wrong.”
“If you really look at who Batman is and what he stands for, he doesn’t stand for what this guy did.”
Neil Gaiman also chimed in, telling the Washington Post that the incident was a “huge and appalling tragedy”. You can check out a few more thoughts on Aurora from others in the comic industry by reading the Washington Post blog‘s roundup from twitter.
We here at Nerd Bastards continue to offer our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of those involved.
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