Warner Bros. has confirmed that it has pulled the trailer for an upcoming action film from screenings of the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” in the wake of the shooting rampage today in Aurora, Colo., E! News reports.
The trailer for the movie “Gangster Squad” hits too close to home, depicting a scene in which a number of armed attackers open fire in a movie theater. As reported earlier, a heavily armed gunman opened fire during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” early today, killing at least 12 people.
Efforts to find the "Gangster Squad" trailer online gave the impression that the company has been removing it from the Web wherever possible.
“Gangster Squad,” starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone, focuses on LAPD efforts to keep the Mafia out of L.A. in the 1940s and 1950s.
“The clip shows those inside the theater panicking and screaming as machine guns are shot,” the story reports.
“Contrary to some reports, however, Warners tells E! News that the ‘Gangster Squad’ clip did not run before the packed midnight ‘Dark Knight Rises’ showing in Aurora before the massacre,” the report adds.
In another development, the report notes that Warner Bros. canceled today’s Paris premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises.” The company also released a statement saying the studio and the filmmakers are "deeply saddened to learn about this shocking Incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."