The British actor, who stars as Batman in the film, issued a heartfelt message to all the victims of the tragedy.
“Words cannot express the horror that I feel,” he said. “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 was already in Paris, with his costars, when Warner Bros. decided to cancel the French premiere of the movie.
The somber looking cast including Bale, Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were pictured boarding a private plane in France Saturday afternoon. They are reportedly heading back to Los Angeles.
Director Christopher Nolan also expressed his “profound sorrow” for the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, which has left 12 people dead and 58 wounded. A lone gunman, James Holmes, is in custody and told cops “I’m the Joker” as he was arrested.
Warner Bros. has ordered all scenes involving guns removed from ads for The Dark Knight Rises. It is also going to withhold estimates of its weekend box office take until Monday so as not to appear to be lauding what will surely be a blockbuster number so close to the deaths of some of its biggest fans.