Batman actor Christian Bale rises to visit Aurora shooting victims


AURORA, CO – Christian Bale, star of the last three Batman movies, met with seven patients injured from the shooting at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Medical Center of Aurora on Tuesday.

Bale spent 2 1/2 hours at the hospital with five of the patients. Two more came from the nearby Swedish Medical Center to meet the Batman actor.

“The patients were really happy to meet Bale,” said Bill Voloch, Hospital interim president. “They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale.”

Voloch accompanied Bale and his wife, Sibi Blazic, as they visited with the patients and a number of Aurora police officers and medical technicians who were first responders to the mass shooting committed by James Eagan Holmes early Friday morning at a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Voloch said that Bale notified the hospital that he only wanted to visit the injured and asked that the media not be notified.

One of the injured Bale visited was Carey Rottman of Denver. Friends of Rottman were quick to tweet out a photo from the visit.

Bale and Blazic also visited a growing memorial near the theater where the shooting took place.

Officials from Warner Bros. Pictures, the studio behind “The Dark Knight Rises,” said that Bale went to Aurora on his own will.



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