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

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.