Paris Batman screening to go ahead after US massacre

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jul 22 2012 12:33 AM | Updated as of Jul 22 2012 08:33 AM

PARIS - A special screening of the latest Batman movie in Paris will go ahead as planned Saturday after the deadly shooting spree at a US opening of the movie, the management of the cinema said Saturday.

"In an effort to not disappoint devoted fans of the film, we decided to go ahead with the special screening scheduled tonight at the Grand Rex," a statement said.

The announcement came after Friday's French premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in another cinema was scrapped after a gunman killed 12 at a screening of the film in the United States.

The 24-year-old man clad in full body armour and a gas mask also wounded 58 when he opened fire early Friday at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado.

Film producers Warner Brothers had cancelled an appearance by the film's cast in Paris, Grand Rex management said, adding that a number of fans had decided not to attend the special Saturday screening.

A national release of the movie, the third and last in the Batman series, in France is set for July 25.

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