The highly anticipated Batman film The Dark Knight Rises made unexpected news of historic proportions when 24 year old James Holmes allegedly opened fire on unsuspecting movie goers at the debut midnight screening of the film in Aurora Colorado. Since then, everyone from Warner Bros, the movie’s distributors, to President Barack Obama have reacted in morning over the tragedy. Among those many names, the film’s famed score composer, Hans Zimmer reacted by giving a statement while talking to Rolling Stone Magazine during what was planned to be a standard interview about providing the music for Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman films.
“We’re all devastated by what’s happened. When we set up this interview, we didn’t know that things would change. I was going to send a note to Chris [Nolan] … but I didn’t have the words,” said Zimmer. “Suddenly, words become meaningless because it’s so beyond anything. Devastated, I suppose, is the word.”
Asked when he first learned of the tragedy, Zimmer said he was too shaken up by the news to recall exactly. “God, I don’t know. I’m over in London right now – and I’m completely confused about time,” he explained. “It’s just sad. Here we are, we were trying to celebrate this movie and celebrating that we’d finished it and then this happened. I just feel so incredibly sad for these people.”
Several media sources have reported this incident to be the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and family members of everyone effected by this horrible tragedy.