Anne Hathaway and Christian Bale cancel Dark Knight promotion after Denver shooting tragedy

The Dark Knight Rises cast have headed home to the US after promotion for the film was cancelled in the wake of the mass killing in Colorado

Stars of The Dark Knight Rises, including Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, took a private jet from Paris back home to Los Angeles this weekend as promotion for the film was cancelled in the French capital in the wake of the shooting tragedy in Denver, Colorado.

The three actors were snapped looking glum as they boarded the plane at a Paris airport, as the first statements from the Batman film’s cast emerged expressing their ‘horror’ over the mass killing in the US.

Christian Bale said: ‘Words cannot express the horror that 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.’

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The Batman star’s statement follows that of British director Christopher Nolan, who also broke his silence on the massacre that took place late last Thursday.

He said: ‘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…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.’

He added: ‘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.’

As well as the Paris premiere, screenings in Mexico and Japan have also been cancelled by the film’s distributor Warner Bros, and box office figures for the movie’s opening weekend have not been released out of respect for the victims.

On Thursday night, James Holmes entered a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises at a packed cinema in Denver and opened fire killing 12 people, including a six-year-old girl, and injuring 58 others. He is currently being questioned by police in the American city and will appear in court later today.

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