“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”, a downbeat Christian Bale said of the Colorado shooting massacre that killed 12 people including a 12-year-old and injured 58 at a midnight screening of the latest Batman installment on Thursday.

Bale, along with co-stars Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were all seen taking a private flight bound for Los Angeles after the Paris premiere of their movie The Dark Knight Rises was cancelled in the wake of the tragic incident.

“The cast was completely shocked and several – Anne [Hathaway] and Marion [Cotillard], a couple of the men – were in tears”, a source told People. “There was enormous, enormous sadness.”

Director Christopher Nolan also issued a statement.

“I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. 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, 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.”

Warner Bros were unveiled to be cutting the scenes that feature guns from the trailer and would not be releasing box office figures out of respect for the victims. The film outfit has cancelled movie premieres in Mexico and Japan as well.