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. READ FULL STORY »