Warner Bros Cancels Batman Premieres
Movie studio pulls plug on premieres in wake of shooting tragedy...
Movie studio Warner Bros has cancelled two planned premieres for new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises out of respect for the families of those killed or injured in the Aurora massacre.
Gunman James Holmes killed 12 people and injured a further 58 when he opened fire on a crowded cinema in the town near Denver, Colorado, on Friday.
The studio cancelled the Paris premiere - which was to have taken place that day - and according to Digital Spy has now also pulled the plug on the Japanese and Mexican premieres.
It has also delayed the release of its debut weekend box office figures until today.
A statement said: "Out of respect for the victims and their families, Warner Bros Pictures will not be reporting box office numbers for The Dark Knight Rises throughout the weekend."
The police have now issued a list of those killed, along with their ages: Veronica Moser-Sullivan (6), Jessica Ghawi (24), John Larimer (27), Alexander Boik (18), Jesse Childress (29), Jonathan Blunk (26), Rebecca Wingo (32), Alex Sullivan (27), Gordon Cowden (51), Micayla Medek (23) and Alexander Teves (24).
The 12th victim has provisionally been identified as Matthew McQuinn, 27.
US President Barack Obama is reportedly flying to Aurora today to express his condolences to the families involved in person.
He has described the killings as "evil and senseless" and The Guardian reports that he says he is visiting the town "as a father and husband".
Actress Anne Hathaway, who plays Catwoman in the movie, has issued a statement on the tragedy.
CBS reports that it said: "My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act.
"I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."
The movie's director Christopher Nolan has expressed his "profound sorrow" over the killings.