Christian Bale Visits Aurora, Colo., Shooting Victims

Sheila Marikar
ABC News Blogs

Christian Bale, who plays the hero, Batman, in "The Dark Knight Rises," today visited victims of a massacre that occurred early Friday at a screening of the film, allegedly by a man who fashioned himself as Batman's comic book arch-enemy, the Joker.

Bale spent about two-and-a-half hours at the Medical Center of Aurora, Bill Voloch, the interim president of the facility, told the Denver Post, adding that he met with five people being treated there and two others brought in from another hospital.

"It was good for the patients," Voloch told the Post. "We hope it was therapeutic for them, and all the staff really appreciated him coming."

Petitions asking the actor to visit Aurora were posted on following Friday's shooting.

Over the weekend, Bale released a statement regarding the massacre, 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."

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Christopher Nolan, who directed Bale in the latest Batman trilogy, released a statement Friday expressing his "profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy" that happened in Aurora.

Anne Hathaway, who stars alongside Bale in "The Dark Knight Rises," echoed their sentiments, saying, "My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act."