Warner Bros. cancel future ‘Dark Knight Rises’ cast appearances

Premieres will continue to go ahead for special guests and competition winners

Warner Bros. have announced that they are cancelling all future The Dark Knight Rises cast appearances at premieres, following the killing of 12 people at a midnight showing in Denver, Colorado on Friday (July 20).

The film’s cast and crew were due to appear at premieres in Japan and Mexico but their appearance has now been cancelled. This follows on from a cancelled appearance at last night’s event in Paris. The production company has said that all future premieres will go ahead as planned for special guests and competition winners to view the film.

12 people were killed in the tragic incident, which took place at the Century 16 cinema complex in the suburb of Aurora on July 20. According to witnesses, suspect James Holmes appeared at the screening wearing a gas mask and set off an explosive device before opening fire on the audience.

Earlier, The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan expressed “profound sorrow” in response to the midnight shooting at the Century 16 cinema.

Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew, Christopher Nolan said: “I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. 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.”

In a statement Warner Bros. said: “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.”

71 people were shot by suspect James Holmes, 24, a former University of Colorado medical school student. He will appear at appear at Arapahoe County District Court, in Centennial Colorado, on Monday at 9am local time (3pm GMT).