Christian Bale expresses ‘horror’ at ‘Dark Knight Rises’ shooting

Batman actor offers his condolences to the victims and their families

The Dark Knight Rises actor Christian Bale has expressed his “horror” at the shooting at a screening of the new Batman film in Denver, Colorado.

Bale, who plays Batman in the final instalment of director Christopher Nolan’s series of films, offered his condolences to the victims and their families following the tragedy.

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

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.

Yesterday, 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.”

Over 50 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)