, who plays the main character in 's final installment of his Batman trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises”, has spoken out on the Colorado shootings that took place at a midnight premiere of the highly-anticipated film.
According to USA Today, Christian Bale issued a statement, saying, "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,” he added.
As soon as he learnt of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, on Friday, director Christopher Nolan released a statement, expressing sorrow over the massacre. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker called it a "senseless tragedy" that was "unbearably savage."
"Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew... I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community," he said, according to Sky News.
After the shooting on Friday, “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” cast members, including Christian Bale,and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, were spotted boarding a plane in France after their movie's red carpet premiere in Paris was canceled. The film’s executive officials also cancelled all press conferences and media junkets for the day.
The shooting killed 12 people and injured 58 others. The shooter has been identified as James Eagan Holmes, a 24-year-old graduate school dropout.
According to the police, Holmes was heavily armed and wearing a mask and a bulletproof vest. He was arrested soon after the attack and is being held in solitary confinement to protect other prisoners.
Federal and local officials found that his apartment, located close to the movie theater in a Denver suburb, was booby-trapped with trip wires tied to homemade bombs. The explosives and trip wires were defused on Saturday. The police have not revealed a motive behind the mass murder as of yet.
Reportedly, "The Dark Knight Rises" was on the track to earn $160 million, which would be a record for a 2-D film, on the weekend. However, the box office ranking of the blockbuster would not be official until Warner Bros. and other studios release their final box office scores on Monday.