Following the horrendous shooting incident that occurred at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in the early hours of yesterday morning (July 20), director Christopher Nolan has now released a statement via TMZ, speaking of his 'profound sorrow' at the tragedy.
Nolan 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."
"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.”
James Holmes, the alleged suspect in the shootings at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado, said he was "The Joker".
In the preceding film before 'The Dark Knight Rises', 'The Dark Knight', Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for his role as 'The Joker', creating an iconic version of the character as a deranged lunatic criminal, determined to bring down Batman.
ABCNews is reporting that Holmes, 24, made the remarks to police after his arrest. According to Breitbart, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said: "We have some information, most of it is public. It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was ‘The Joker,’ obviously the ‘enemy’ of Batman."
According to TMZ Kelly obtained this information because he is friends with Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates.
Our thoughts are with the friends and families of the victims. Stay tuned for further updates.