Aurora Shooting Shuts Down Dark Knight Premier Screenings

Warner Bros. Pictures has canceled several premiere screenings and red carpet events for “The Dark Knight” out of respect for the victims of the mass shooting in an Aurora, CO. cinema theater that has left 12 dead thus far and at least 59 injured.

Screenings in Paris, Japan and Mexico have been called off as well as red carpet events.

The studio says actors Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon Levitt will no longer hold press or red carpet events in Mexico City’s National Auditorium and in Japan.

“Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident,” the studio behind “The Dark Knight Rises” said in a statement on Friday morning. “We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”

Christian Bale offered the victims families his deepest condolences.

“Words cannot express the horror that I feel,” Bale said in a statement. “I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”

The film’s director, Christopher Nolan, issued a statement on behalf of the cast and crew, expressing their “profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy.”

“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,” Nolan said

The suspect James Holmes is being held without bond and will make his first court appearance July 23.