Christian Bale’s message seems clear: if villains can be real, so can heroes.
On Tuesday, in response to the movie theatre massacre that occurred in Colorado this weekend, Batman actor Christian Bale paid a visit to the victims of the shooting. He spent about 10 minutes each with seven of the victims.
And what’s more? The actor did this on his own volition. “Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers,” said an assistant for Susan Fleishman, executive vice president for Warner Brothers corporate communications, in an article the Denver Post.
James Holmes, who called himself “The Joker”, opened fire on an entire theater during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises”, injuring 52 people and killing 12. The sheer number of casualties makes this incident the largest mass shooting in American history.
According to Bill Voloch, Bale spent a total of 2.5 hours at the Medical Center of Aurora; he also said that Bale asked that the media not be notified of his arrival. “He just wanted to meet with victims and police.”
Over the weekend, the actor released a statement saying, “Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”