According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros will be making a ‘substantial’ donation for the victims families. The studio behind The Dark Knight Rises has been discussing with the governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper’s people, and will be donating to givingfirst.org, a donation site that offers ways to donate to multiple organizations, including the July 20th midnight show victims. The amount of the donation has not been released publicly; it really comes as no surprise given the studio has gone above and beyond to make sure the box office gross for the final installment to Nolan’s trilogy remains a secret. At least for now.
While the studio itself will be making a donation, a mass email will also be sent out to everyone at Warner Bros asking if they would like to donate anything extra. Warner Bros and the team behind the The Dark Knight Rises has made sure to be the first to make statements and has extended numerous apologies, displeasure, and grievance for the victims and their families. Press events, cancelling the film’s Paris premiere, and declining to announce the amount that Dark Knight Rises has pulled over the three day weekend (which has now been revealed to be $160 million) are just a few of the things the studio has done to show its respect and condolences. The studio has even gone so far as to remove the Gangster Squad trailer which featured a scene where men are shooting people through a movie screen.
The theater that attack took place at, Century Aurora 16, has yet to make a donation to either the victims themselves or the families. Neither has the MPAA nor the NATO (National Association of Theater Owners).
Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Michael Cane, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt