'The Dark Knight Rises' Stars Anne Hathaway & Christian Bale Respond to Shooting

The actress and actor speak out on the Friday morning shootings that left 12 dead and dozens more injured in Aurora, Colo.

The Colorado shooting at the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises early Friday morning has shocked the world and devastated the movie's cast and crew.

First director Christopher Nolan spoke out with his condolences, expressing his love of the movies and his distress that the shooter took advantage of the public space where movie lovers come together.

"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," Nolan, 41, said. "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."

Now the film's stars Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, who play Batman and Catwoman, respectively, have also released statements sharing their sadness.

"My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act," Hathaway, 29, said in a statement. "I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."

"Words cannot express the horror that I feel," Bale, 38, said in his own statement about the Aurora, Colo., shooting that left 12 dead and dozens injured. "I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."

While it is assumed The Dark Knight Rises earned more than $160 million at the box office, the studios have all agreed to delay releasing the weekend's estimates out of respect for the victims.

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