Reacting to the shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan issued a statement late today, speaking for the actors and crewmembers of the film.
"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."
The attack, allegedly carried out by 24-year old former medical student James Holmes, has claimed the lives of 12 theatergoers that were in attendance for the midnight showing of the film. In total, 71 were shot, and 59 injured.
Earlier on Friday, Warner Bros. released a shorter statement, saying, "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."