12 Dead in Mass Shooting at Colorado Screening of Dark Knight Rises (UPDATED)

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Movie PosterWow. I wake up to THIS?

“The Dark Knight Rises” is a great movie, but it didn’t need this to be memorable. But now it’s going to have it anyway, and honestly, I don’t know how this is going to affect its box office. Obviously how much money a movie makes isn’t the first thing we should be thinking about at a time like this, but this is a movie news site, and that’s one angle we’ll have to talk about eventually, just not now.

But in case you haven’t heard, a lone gunman, 24-year-old man name James Holmes went into a movie theater in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, Colorado midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” and opened fire. He tossed what apparently was a gas canister into the crowd and rained down hell from the front of the theater. As of this morning, 12 people are confirmed dead, and over 50 injured, either from gunshot wounds or were hurt during the stampede to get away from this lunatic.

And because this took place in Colorado, people are referencing the Columbine High School shooting, where Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered 13 people back in 1999 and started a national debate about gun safety, bullying in school, and parental responsibility. I can’t even imagine what type of conversation, legitimate and otherwise, will result after this. Movies and violence, maybe.

When cops finally caught up to Holmes, he was hiding behind his car in the parking lot at the back of the theater, and was caught with “a gas mask, rifle, handgun (and) at least one additional weapon (were) found inside” the car.

Apparently he didn’t even have the decency to off himself. What a fucking coward.

Aurora Colorado Shooting

We will keep updating this post as warranted…

UPDATE #1:

The first repercussions of the shooting has the Paris premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises”, set for later today, now being canceled. I’m not going to cry over this. Premieres are glorified nonsense anyway, and no one’s going to lose sleep over this.

Warner also released a statement on the shooting:

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.

UPDATE #2:

The shooter’s mugshot. He sure looks satisfied with himself, doesn’t he? People who know him call him a “super nice kid,” “kinda quiet” and “really smart.” He recently graduated from UC Riverside in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, but was in the process of withdrawing from their graduates program.

James Holmes Mugshot

UPDATE #3:

Christopher Nolan has released an official statement on the shooting:

Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie.

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. 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.

I hope people keep going to see “The Dark Knight Rises”. It’s a movie that’s very violent and depressing, but in the end, it’s also incredibly very hopeful, too.

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  • Monkeyhavingfun

    Really messed up and my thoughts goes out to the people there

  • clarkspark

    This is insane. Not stopping me from going though. ;)

  • Juggernaut

    Really awful. I woke up today after having seen one of the most terrific films ever only to read about a tragedy with that very same film as the backdrop. Like the article above points out, it is unfortunate that this incident, an act of terrible violence on behalf of one sick individual, will undoubtably start a flood of debate and ridicule regarding this and other cinematic ventures. Even worse is the lives taken and damage done that can never be repaired sadly due to this person’s askewed view of what should be seen as simple entertainment

  • ErickKwon

    “Apparently he didn’t even have the decency to off himself. What a fucking coward.”

    Indeed

    • Frankdude1838

      I agree with the “fucking coward” part, but in all honesty, I’m glad he didn’t off himself…. Death is too sweet for a guy like him….. He should pay and suffer for his action

  • Lexavi80

    This makes me so sad! Indeed was the first set of news of the day this morning.

    I heard somewhere this guy asked the media to interview him. I really, REALLY hope nobody gives him shit. I don’t want to hear the fucker. I don’t even want to know his motives (that, I bet, are moronic). I just want him to rot in jail!!

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    total insanity!! Just craziness. this saddens me. I just hope the movie isn’t forever associated with this tragedy. Nolan’s last Bat-film was associated with a tragedy and its’ a shame this one now is too,

  • Limaj187

    Really wish this assholes never gets to say a word again an realises how is dumbass idea got him lockedup for life no fame and repeatedly raped. Smiling idiot!

  • X_p

    this is really a shame. my heart goes out to those affected. everyone who reads this be safe and careful out there.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CQ3DSDQFNMPJSUCSL3PHDBI2ZY tom

    they should of shoot his fucking smile off too when he came out. I would smash his face in the court room if i was one of those victims. Go Kill Yourself Holmes you fucking pussy