Several victims of Friday night’s shooting rampage during a showing of the new Dark Knight Rises film were surprised on Tuesday by Batman himself, as the film’s star Christian Bale made an unannounced visit to an Aurora, Colo., hospital.
Bale, who made the visit on his own accord and not on behalf of Warner Bros., the studio that produced the movie, reportedly spent nearly three hours at the Medical Center of Aurora, visiting with five of the recovering victims as well as police officers, medical technicians and other first responders to the incident that left 12 dead and at least 50 injured.
“The patients were really happy to meet Bale,” Bill Voloch, the Medical Center’s interim president, told the Denver Post. “They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale.
“We hope it was therapeutic for them, and all the staff really appreciated him coming.”
Voloch also noted that Bale requested that the media not be notified.
“He just wanted to meet with victims and police,” he said.
While Bale wasn’t in Aurora on behalf of Warner Bros., Deadline reports that the studio also showed its support by making an undisclosed donation to the shooting victims. The studio is working with the governor’s office and the funds will be donated through Colorado’s Community First Foundation.