The film industry was shocked by “The Dark Knight Rises” tragedy and many concerns have arisen in relation to violence in movies. According to the Associated Press, the Colorado mall shooting forced Warner Bros. to make drastic changes in the campaign they have carefully planned for the Batman movie.
More than 50 people were injured and 14 were killed during a shooting at a suburb theater in Denver, Colorado during the display of “The Dark Knight Rises”. A man wearing a gas mask stood up in the middle of the movie and opened fired against the rest of the people in the room. He did not resist arrest and told police officers that he was the Joker.
The suspect’s declaration reopened an old debate about the effects of violent movies on viewers. Psychologists claim that the film industry should limit the amount of violent images displayed in their motion pictures because they provide viewers with an undesirable alternative for the resolution of their problems.
Even the company Warner Bros. was surprised to see that its production caused such a terrible incident. They immediately released a statement saying that they are deeply saddened by the incident. The members of the studio sent their prayers and sympathies to the victims and their families. Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros, told the press that the company will completely modify their campaign because they first want to make sure that the injured people are safe.
Christopher Nolan and some cast members were expected at the Paris premiere of the movie on Friday. The event was cancelled because of the Colorado mall shooting leaving Parisian fans slightly disappointed. Warner Bros. explained the situation and requested fans to show compassion for the victims in Denver. President Francois Hollande responded with a statement saying that his thoughts are with the families of the victim.
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