On Friday, following the Colorado shooting, he released an official statement. A heartfelt one that reads:
Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.
And just hours ago, the caped crusader and A-list star of the Batman movies Christian Bale turned up unannounced at the Medical Center of Aurora. The hospital received 18 patients from the shooting, seven of whom were admitted. Three of them remained in intensive care and two were in critical condition.
He spent about two and a half hours at the hospital, visiting five victims who were wounded in the massacre at the movie theater and two others brought in from the Swedish Medical Center nearby. One of the patients, Carey Rottman, even had a picture taken with Bale and it found its way to Twitter:
According to Bill Voloch (the interim president of the facility) the visit was just was the doctor ordered. He said, “We hope it was therapeutic for them, and all the staff really appreciated him coming. The patients were really happy to meet Bale. They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale.”
Warner Bros., the studio that distributed the movie said that Bale went to Colorado on his own and that he asked that his visit not to be announced in advance.
It was reported that Bale also met with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and with doctors, police officials, and some first responders to the scene of the tragic Century 16 theater incident where 12 people were killed and 58 injured.
After his surprise visit, he also stopped by a makeshift memorial to the victims that’s located across the street from the movie theater, accompanied by his wife Sibi.
Because that’s what superheroes do. With all love and respect, Christian, with all love and respect.