Christopher Nolan isn’t an actor–he’s a director. So when he issued a statement about the shootings at the midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado, his voice shook, he stumbled over his words and the tears in his eyes made him difficult to see what he’d written.
“I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community,” Nolan said in a statement on behalf of the cast and crew. “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.”
“The Dark Knight Rises” was expected to be the biggest box office take of the year–anticipated gross of $160 million for the first weekend release here in the United States. Warner Brothers already announced they won’t be releasing box office numbers out of respect for the families of the victims. The premiere for London has been cancelled, along with the press junket for France.
Some police reports are saying that the alleged shooter–James Holmes–had dyed his hair red and called himself “The Joker.” I like Roger Ebert’s statement about that best: “I don’t know if James Holmes cared deeply about Batman,” film critic Roger Ebert wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times. “I suspect he cared deeply about seeing himself on the news.”
If you’re looking forn a way to discuss this with your little ones, there’s some excellent advice from Dr. Paul Coleman here.