The Paris Premiere Of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Has Been Cancelled In The Wake Of The Colorado Shooting


What could have been an exciting weekend for the summer’s most-anticipated movie has taken a tragic turn. As many of you already know (and as Trent reported here), a gunman killed 12 people and injured 38 more at a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. In light of the horrific events Warner Bros. has decided to cancel the film’s red carpet premiere in Paris today, pulling directors and actors from media interviews as well. Details inside.

Here’s what The Hollywood Reporter is saying:

Nolan and Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman are at Paris’ hotel Le Bristol to promote the film. However, journalists present at le Bristol for a daytime press conference were told to leave.

In lieu of the shooting in Colorado, Warner Bros. has cancelled the interviews. TF1 said that Cotillard was set for an interview on the network’s 8 p.m. news program, but cancelled her appearance today.
The red carpet première tonight has also been cancelled.

In France, the shooting is major news. It’s the top story on leading newspaper Le Monde’s website and also top national broadcaster TF1’s site and also on cable news network iTele and BFM TV’s sites.

It was also the leading story on public TV network France 3’s 12 p.m. news program. Warner Bros. has not commented on whether the studio will reschedule the premiere and Nolan and the cast have not yet commented in the French press.

Although it’s difficult to see much positivity in a story like this, I’m glad that Warner Bros. is making a statement about the events, in some way. And I think it really says something about French news networks, that they’re coverage of the story seems to be just as extensive as our own in the States. Now surely, news coverage does not always equate with positivity (there is the sensationalist aspect of it all), but I think it’s important that people know what’s happening. Canceling the premiere seems like the decent thing to do. I think of it as a way of acknowledging that, sometimes, the show must not go on.


  • Meghan

    It is the decent thing to do,but it’s not the film’s fault. Part of me says keep going to let this gunman know (and any copycats) that the world won’t stop because of their violence.

    • Meghan, I thought that too at first. But in this case I think it’s more important to show a certain amount of respect to the victims. Which doesn’t mean that going along with the premiere would have been disrespectful, but I think this makes sense. If nothing else, it’s like a brief moment of silence. More symbolic than anything else.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

    • Vicky

      I agree. I don’t think it has anything to do with them be worried it will happen at the premiere, but that they are showing respect to the victims families.

  • fab4runner

    I think cancelling it was the right move. I don’t think the actors nor Christopher Nolan should be put in a position to answer questions about the shooting right now. It just happened and so few details have been confirmed. I just don’t think anything good can come of those interviews.

    • fab4runner, yes. I think that definitely played into their decision as well. Reporters would surely be hounding them about the story, which would be unpleasant for a lot of reasons.

  • peepingthoughts

    I find the cancellation of the Parisian premiere quite appropriate. This decision on behalf of Warner Bros. is making me recall of the late Whitney Houston and how Clive Davis inappropriately (IMHO) went on with his night gala at the hotel.

    • Vicky

      I agree, he should have cancelled that immediately.

  • Hannah

    I agree with cancelling being the right approach. The reporters wouldn’t be asking questions about the movie but awkward questions about the shooting and violence perhaps perpetuated because of movies. Questions the actors are sure to be prepped on but are not ready for.

  • Yep. They made the absolute right call.

  • Hannah

    I just read that the Gangster Squad trailer is getting pulled because of the scene where they start shooting in a movie theatre.

    I think situations like this deserve respect so definitely the way to go.

  • Samantha

    That is ridiculous! What they think the movie will inspire more of these senseless attacks?? I bet the actors and the people who worked so hard to get this movie put together are devasted by what happened and have to know that it will 100% affect how many people will go to see the movie from that day forward. It is still showing here in Australia trent, and people here don’t seem to be afraid to go which is brave and rational.