Warner Bros. already has its hands full dealing with the horrific theater shooting that took place during a midnight screening of the highly anticipated “The Dark Knight Rises” Thursday outside Denver. Thus far, the tragedy has left 12 dead and over 50 injured. The Playlist has reported that the studio has pulled TV spots for “Dark Knight Rises” and has also decided to keep record-breaking box office numbers under wraps out of respect for the Colorado victims.
But “Dark Knight Rises” isn’t the only WB film that has been affected by this tragedy. Ruben Fleischer’s historical drama “The Gangster Squad” had its trailer pulled from “Dark Knight Rises” prints due to a scene where Sean Penn and his gangsters shoot through a movie screen at the audience. And now Variety has confirmed via anonymous studio sources that WB has called for in-depth re-shoots, while sticking to the film’s initial September 7 release date.
Do you think WB is making the right move here? Should they be compromising the final product in light of this awful tragedy? Are they doing it for reasons of sensitivity, or potential loss of box office? Let us know what you think in the comments section.