Christian Bale meets victims of Aurora shooting

'Dark Knight Rises' actor talks with survivors of movie theater massacre

Published On: Jul 24 2012 05:51:30 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 24 2012 12:46:51 AM EDT

Christian Bale met with victims injured in last week's midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado on Tuesday.

The actor who plays Batman went straight to the Medical Center of Aurora, where he talked to patients. Pictures posted on Twitter and Facebook showed Bale posing with the victims.

Petitions to get the actor to visit Aurora were posted on over the weekend. Bale then released a statement, 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."

Bale's film, the last of the Christopher Nolan trilogy on Batman, premiered last Friday at midnight. Minutes into the film, police said James Holmes walked into the Aurora movie theater and opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others.