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Despite 'Senseless Tragedy,' Batman Flick Still Poised to Do Well

DC ComicsPhoto by Ron Phillips(NEW YORK) --  Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight Rises, is calling the mass shooting at a midnight showing of the film in Aurora, Colo. that left at least 12 people dead and injured 59 a "senseless tragedy."

"Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community," he said in a statement released by his publicist Friday. "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 theatre is my home," he continued, "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."

Despite the tragedy, analysts say the film is likely to do well at the box office over the weekend.

"This is an unprecedented situation, but I believe the true fans still want to see this movie," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of's box office division. "The people who bought their tickets online, who opted for the presale, I don't see them giving up their tickets."

Much of the weekend has been presold; the movie made $30 million in presale tickets and shows in many cities are sold out through Sunday. That $30 million will get factored into Friday's numbers, which are expected to be released Saturday morning.

Some box-office analysts previously believed the final installment of director Christopher Nolan's trilogy could top the record-breaking, $207.4 million debut of The Avengers. Dergarabedian thinks something in the more modest but still impressive range of $150 million is likely.

"Only five movies in history at this point have done a $150 million or more opening weekend," he noted.

The Dark Knight, the second movie in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, made $158 million during its 2008 opening weekend.

Yahoo movies contributing editor Thelma Adams said the tragedy will take a bite out of the weekend gross.

"You have to preface it by saying it's only money," she said, "and we're dealing with lives that have been lost. That said, there will be some domestic underperformance. It is going to hurt."

Some theaters are offering to refund those who bought tickets early. AMC released a statement Friday saying it will exchange and refund tickets per the chain's existing policy. It also banned moviegoers in "costumes that make other guests feel uncomfortable" and said it "will not permit face-covering masks or fake weapons inside our buildings."

Suspected shooter James Holmes had painted his hair red and told cops, "I am the Joker," when apprehended.

Yahoo's Adams said the massacre would not likely affect the movie's global gross. The last Batman film, 2008's The Dark Knight, made almost as much internationally, $469 million, as it did in the United States, $533 million.

"Maybe opening weekend will be a little bit less, but then the drop will not be as great," Adams said.

Warner Bros. canceled the Paris premiere of the film, scheduled for Friday evening, after learning about the shooting. Director Nolan and cast members Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman also scrapped media interviews.

"Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident," the studio said in a statement. "We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."

Warner Bros. also removed the trailer for the Ryan Gosling film "Gangster Squad," which features a movie theater shooting scene, from screenings of The Dark Knight Rises. The studio pulled some TV ads for the Batman film, according to Bloomberg News. The studio does not plan to pull the movie from theaters.

Many cities are stepping up security at theaters in light of the tragedy. New York City police Commissioner Ray Kelly released a statement Friday morning, saying, "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."

Police in Washington, D.C., have been told to provide "special attention" to movie theaters.

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"Dark Knight Rises" Director Defends Fans After Rants Against Critics

Warner Bros. Pictures/TM and © DC Comics/Ron Phillips(LONDON) -- At the London premiere of the last film in his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan Wednesday evening responded to fans' flaming of three critics who gave the film a bad review. 

The vitriol was so heated it led the site Rotten Tomatoes to shut its comments section down for the first time ever.

"I think the fans are very passionate about these characters the way a lot of people are very passionate," Nolan said.  "Batman's been around for over 70 years and there's a reason for that.  He has a huge appeal, so I think you know people certainly respond to the character."

Anticipation for the film has reached a fever pitch ahead of its Friday opening, so ABC News Radio asked's box office expert Paul Dergarabedian how much the movie was expected to earn -- and how it would fare against this summer's reigning superhero champ, The Avengers.

"I think most certainly this is going to be in the top five, if not the top three opening weekends of all time," says Dergarabedian.

The comparison to Avengers might be a little unfair, he cautions.

"The Avengers was a film you could almost take the family to go see, and The Dark Knight Rises is definitely dark...more for an older audience," he explains.

However, Dergarabedian says "the fanboy fervor" on Dark Knight "will more than make up" for a possible loss of younger moviegoers.

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"Batman" Stars Reflect, Look Forward to "Dark Knight Rises"

Warner Bros. Pictures/TM and DC Comics Photo by Ron Phillips(LOS ANGELES) -- On July 20, director Christopher Nolan's groundbreaking Batman series comes to a close with the release of The Dark Knight Rises.  The blockbuster series has been praised by comic fans and non-fans alike, and introduced a new generation to Bob Kane's classic Caped Crusader.

At a press conference for the film in Los Angeles on Sunday, Batman himself, Christian Bale, called the moment "bittersweet," knowing that he's promised he won't don the cape and cowl again without Nolan.

"He's saying it's time to say goodbye," Bale said, "so it's time to say goodbye."

Nolan -- who on Saturday became only the eighth director in Hollywood history to add his hand and footprints to the collection at Grauman's Chinese Theater -- explained choosing the comic bad guy Bane as The Dark Knight Rises' villain was a direct result of the late Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning performance as The Joker.

"[W]e wanted a very different villain for this. ...I wasn't going to set out to try and in some way better what Heath had done," the filmmaker said.

In fact, the Gotham City villain isn't even mentioned in The Dark Knight Rises.

"I took the decision early on that it would be inappropriate," Nolan said.  "I felt that, you know, someone who was a friend and a colleague had suffered a terrible tragedy, and to try to reduce that to a plot point in a fictional universe felt wrong to me."

As for series newcomer Anne Hathaway, who plays Catwoman, she said she "got a chill" when she saw herself suited up with her fellow in-the-flesh comic co-stars.  But as the only female, she had another challenge ahead of her: fighting in very high heels.

"It's part of being a woman," she joked.  "The Devil Wears Prada was really good training for that...I kind of ran up and down I just ran up and down Gotham."

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Christopher Nolan on Batman vs. Bane Battle in 'Dark Knight Rises'

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Production on the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, has mostly been shrouded in secrecy, aside from the occasional photo or amateur video that's been posted online. Director Christopher Nolan does offer a few interesting tidbits in this week's issue of Empire magazine, specifically regarding the evolution of Christian Bale's Batman and his latest enemy, Bane.

Nolan says The Dark Knight Rises takes place eight years after the events of the previous film in the series. He says Bale's character is an "older Bruce Wayne; he's not in a great state." Batman clashes with the masked villain Bane, who Nolan says gives the superhero "a challenge he hasn't had before. With our choice of villain and with our choice of story we're testing Batman both physically as well as mentally."

Inception actor Tom Hardy, who plays Bane, describes his character as "brutal. He's a big dude who's incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and oriented fighting style. It's not about fighting. It's about carnage."

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters next July.

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Next Batman Movie Title Revealed; Riddler Won't Be in It

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- New details have come to light on the latest Batman movie installment.  Director Christopher Nolan tells the Los Angeles Times the third film in his Caped Crusader series will be called The Dark Knight Rises.

As for the identity of the villain, Nolan said, "It won't be the Riddler."  That character had been considered one of the favorites by several pundits.  Nolan wouldn't elaborate too much on who the villain would be, but he did say, "We'll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones."

The Dark Knight Rises is expected to come out in 2012.

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