Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan have pulled out of interviews and at least one “Dark Knight Rises” premiere in Paris has been canceled in the wake of the Denver movie theater shooting rampage.
The highly anticipated film, which was expected to be the one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters, has become another victim of the shooting. No evidence so far has surfaced that the film was the motive behind suspected shooter James Holmes’ actions.
Hollywood Reacts to Denver Dark Knight Shooting
Katie Couric: “This shooting in Colorado is beyond horrific. Such upsetting news.”
Mark Ballas: “Just heard about the Denver shootings.. My prayers go out to all the families… ”
Billy Ray Cyrus: “Oh no ! Just woke up and turned on the news “14 dead 50 hurt in Batman movie shooting”. Praying for victims. So sorry and sad.”
Eva Longoria: “My heart goes out to all the people affected in the Aurora, CO shooting. May God be with that town and their families… ”
Simon van Kampen: “My thoughts r w/ those affected by last nite’s tragic & horrific event in Aurora,CO. Did we just lose a little more freedom?”
Ellen DeGeneres: “The news from Denver is just devastating. My heart is with the families affected by this senseless tragedy.”
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi: My prayers go out to the victims and families of the Colorado theater shooting.
Piers Morgan: Horrendous details from this Colorado cinema shooting. America has got to do something about its gun laws. Now is the time.
Warner Bros. canceled “The Dark Knight Rises” Paris premiere tonight, and French actress Marion Cotillard also canceled an evening French television appearance, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cast members have also canceled interviews.
“Warner Bros. is 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,” the studio said in a statement.
European theaters screening the film are reportedly beefing up security in the wake of the shooting, according to the trade publication.
“As a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a statement that police would provide extra security at New York theaters.