The excitement over The Dark Knight Rises has been dramatically squashed with the news that 12 people have been killed at a mass shooting at a midnight screening in Aurora, near Denver, Colorado.
* A 24-year old suspect was arrested by police in a rear parking lot of the theatre.
* The Dark Knight Rises premiere in Paris this evening has been cancelled.
* Security at cinemas in New York has been stepped up, according to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. This action will no doubt be repeated around the country too.
* The film was set to out-perform The Avengers at the box office. It remains to be seen what impact this will have on the box office figures, although that thought is more than likely to be the farthest from the minds of the loved ones of those involved.