By Maria Puente, USA TODAY
Christian Bale, star of the Batman movies, spent hours in an Aurora, Colo., hospital today visiting victims wounded in the massacre at the movie theater showing his latest caped crusader epic, The Dark Knight Rises.
The Denver Post reported that Bale visited with five patients in the Medical Center of Aurora and two more who came over from the Swedish Medical Center nearby to meet him. One of the patients, Carey Rottman, posed in his hospital bed with Bale for a picture that found its way to Twitter.
"The patients were really happy to meet Bale," said hospital interim president Bill Voloch. "They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale."
He said it was therapeutic for the patients and the staff. Bale also met with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and with doctors, police officials and some first responders to the scene of the tragedy early Friday morning at a mall movie theater. Shortly after the start of a midnight showing of Dark Knight, a gunman barged in and shot up the auditorium, killing 12 people and wounding 58.
Warner Bros., the studio that distributed the movie and also donated to the growing fund for victims and their family, said Bale went to Colorado on his own. Voloch said Bale asked that his visit not be announced in advance.
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Christian Bale, star of the Batman films, is in Colorado visiting victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting, Warner Brothers officials told the Denver Post.
"Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers," said an assistant for Susan Fleishman, executive vice president for Warner Brothers corporate communications.
Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures, which made the film "The Dark Knight Rises," have donated an undisclosed amount to a fund set up for victims of the shootings.
The film was playing when a gunman opened fire and killed 12 people.
Colorado state officials will not say how much Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures donated to the GivingFirst.org fund, but it will say the fund has reached nearly $2 million.