'Dark Knight Rises' Director Christopher Nolan: Colorado Shooting 'Devastating'

3:50 PM PST 07/20/2012 by Gregg Kilday , Jordan Zakarin
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Speaking for the movie's cast and crew, he expresses "profound sorrow."

Reacting publicly to the shooting tragedy at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, Chistopher Nolan issued a statement late Friday, speaking for the actors and crewmembers on 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," Nolan said. "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," he continued. "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."

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The attack, allegedly carried out by 24-year old former medical student James Holmes, has thus far claimed the lives of 12 theatergoers that were in attendance for the midnight showing of the Batman film. In total, 71 were shot, and 59 injured.

Earlier on Friday, Warner Bros. released a shorter statement, saying, "Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."

President Obama, who ordered that all public American flags be flown at half mast through July 25, spoke about the tragedy while in Ft. Myers, Florida, saying in part, "Now, even as we learn how this happened and who's responsible, we may never understand what leads anybody to terrorize their fellow human beings like this.  Such violence, such evil is senseless. It's beyond reason. But while we will never know fully what causes somebody to take the life of another, we do know what makes life worth living. The people we lost in Aurora loved and they were loved. "

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