There is never a happy ending to be found when any tragedy strikes. Such is the case when it comes to the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre. Not only was a city rocked when a gunman entered a movie theater during the midnight viewing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” but the entire world was shaken as well. In light of recent events, the positive thing that came from this ordeal is how much of a hero Batman himself is.
Christian Bale, the actor who has portrayed Batman in all three movies, traveled to Aurora, Colorado to meet with those involved in the movie theater shootings, as reported by the Huffington Puff. A petition circulated the internet shortly after the shooting, requesting for Bale to visit victims and their families. A true-life hero, Bale visited with little advanced warning and also paid a visit to the makeshift memorial near the theater where the shooting took place, where he walked among the 12 crosses built for each of the deceased victims.
Prior to making the trip to Colorado, Bale released a statement: “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.”
The shooting occurred at a midnight screening of the film, by a man who dressed as and referred to himself as Batman’s arch-enemy, the Joker, according to ABC News.
Bale spent approximately two-and-a-half hours at The Medical Center of Aurora, Bill Voloch, the interim president of the hospital, told the Denver Post.
“It was good for the patients,” Voloch said. “We hope it was therapeutic for them, and all the staff really appreciated him coming.”
The movie’s director Christopher Nolan released a statement expressing his feelings towards the tragic events:
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 theater 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.
Anne Hathaway, who stars alongside Bale in “The Dark Knight Rises,” made a statement saying, “My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act.”
Janie Bowman-Hayes, assistant vice president of surgical services at sister hospital Swedish Medical Center was attending a luncheon at The Medical Center of Aurora, noted the staff appreciated Bale’s visit.
“He did this out of his heart, and you could really tell. It was so sincere,” she said. “It was just, ‘thank you.'”
A Warner Brothers spokeswoman told The Denver Post that the actor made the trip on his own and was there representing himself, not the movie studio.
Christine, a Newark resident said, “As if I couldn’t love Batman more. Christian Bale just won my heart over. The shooting itself is horrifying and I can’t even imagine why anyone would do that. But Christian visiting the victims and their families honestly just warms my heart. He is the real deal.”
In a time of darkness, it is so humbling to see there are genuine people in the public eye like Christian Bale. My thoughts and prayers go out to victims and their families in such a trying time. I pray justice is served and that time heals all wounds.
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