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Christian Bale visits Colorado shooting survivors

The Dark Knight

Story by Jack Foley

CHRISTIAN Bale has visited survivors of the shooting in Colorado at the weekend.

The actor, who plays Batman in The Dark Knight Rises, took time to talk to victims of the shooting and pose for photographs, one of which has been posted online at The Hollywood Reporter.

In total, he spent two and a half hours at the Medical Center of Aurora meeting with seven victims.

He also visited a makeshift memorial to the victims near the cinema with his wife Sandra Blazic.

Bale thanked staff at two hospitals where victims were taken after the shootings and also paid tribute to the efforts of medical staff and police who responded to the attack.

His visit followed an online campaign that had urged the star to visit survivors of the attack. The actor arranged the visit on his own and was not representing Warner Bros, the studio behind Batman.

James Holmes, 24, the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others at a midnight showing of the new Batman film last Friday, is due to be formally charged with the shootings at a hearing next week, although cameras will be banned from the courtroom.

He could face the death penalty if found guilty.

Commenting on Bale’s morale lifting visit, Aurora Medical Center interim president Bill Voloch told assembled reporters: “The patients were really happy to meet Bale. They are obviously big fans of his movies. It was good for the patients. We hope it was therapeutic for them, and all the staff really appreciated him coming.”