Police have confirmed that 12 were killed and more than 50 were injured when James Holmes opened fire at an Aurora, CO midnight screening of the latest Batman film.
Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan and stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Gary Oldman have all expressed their sympathies for the victims in the days since the tragedy took place.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a special screening of The Dark Knight Rises on Saturday (July 21) in Beverly Hills.
Tom Sherak, president of the Academy, opened the event by asking for a moment of silence and then paying tribute to those who were injured or killed, reports Deadline.
"The movie-going experience is one which we should be able to enjoy with others in our community in an environment that is safe," Sherak said. "We should be able to go to our local theaters and leave our problems behind and allow the movie to transport us to a place that entertains us and captures our imagination."
He continued: "For now though, we understandably feel angst and uneasiness with this tragic event and question the why and the how… Our condolences surely go out to all of them."
Several Dark Knight Rises premieres have been cancelled due to the shooting, including galas in Japan and Mexico.