This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
AURORA, Colo. — Christian Bale may just play a superhero on film, but on Tuesday he was a real hero to a few people.
Bale, the star of the new film, "The Dark Knight Rises," visited victims of the shootings in Aurora, Colorado. On Friday, July 20, 12 people were killed and nearly 60 injured when a gunman opened fire on a theater full of people waiting to see the new Batman film in Aurora.
According to KDVR Bale was not representing Warner Bros., but made the visits on his own.
This is Bale's first public appearance since the shootings, but the actor did release a statement regarding the incident.
"Words cannot express the horror that I feel," Bale said in the statement."I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."
James Holmes, 24, of San Diego has been arrested for the shootings and appeared in court Monday.