Warner Bros. has canceled tonight’s Paris premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at a midnight screening of the film in Aurora, Colorado left as many as 12 dead and dozens injured. The Associated Press, citing anonymous law enforcement sources, has named the suspected shooter as James Holmes, a 24-year-old American.
In New York City, the police is increasing its presence at theaters playing The Dark Knight Rises, according to a statement from police commissioner Ray Kelly. “As a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado, the New York City Police Department is providing coverage at theaters where the The Dark Knight Rises is playing in the five boroughs.”
Mayor Bloomberg, who’s advocated some of the strongest gun-control laws in the country, called on President Obama and Mitt Romney to play a more active role in preventing such attacks, during an appearance on this morning’s The John Gambling Show with Mayor Mike on WOR Radio. “You know, soothing words are nice, but maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be President of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country,” Bloomberg said. “And everybody always says, ‘Isn’t it tragic,’ and you know, we look for was the guy, as you said, maybe trying to recreate Batman. I mean, there are so many murders with guns every day, it’s just got to stop. And instead of the two people – President Obama and Governor Romney – talking in broad things about they want to make the world a better place, okay, tell us how. And this is a real problem.”
The superhero blockbuster opens today in at least 35 theaters in New York City, with showings practically running around the clock.
UPDATE [5:10 p.m. ET]: In Los Angeles,
police authorities had not yet announced whether theaters would receive increased security the police department is increasing the number of patrols and undercover officers at movie theaters and other public venues that might attract crowds, according to Det. Gus Villanueva, a spokesperson for the LAPD.
In Paris, the cast and crew of the Batman film have suspended junket interviews, and the studio released the following statement: “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.”
Cinemark Theatres, which owns the Century 16 multiplex in Aurora where the attack occurred, said in a statement: “Cinemark is deeply saddened about this tragic incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and loved ones, our employees, and the Aurora community. We are grateful for the quick and professional reaction of all local law enforcement and emergency responders. Cinemark is working closely with the Aurora Police Department and local law enforcement.”
In a statement, the Motion Picture Association of America said, “We share the shock and sadness of everyone in the motion picture community at the news of this terrible event. We extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to the victims, their loved ones and all those affected by this tragedy.”