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No Chicago-area showings of the new Batman movie have been canceled this weekend as of Friday afternoon, and many are sold out.

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Updated: August 22, 2012 6:10AM

Journalists hoping to speak with stars of “The Dark Knight Rises” before its Paris premiere Friday night were told to leave, and the showing was canceled following Thursday night’s mass shooting at a screening in Colorado that killed 12 people.

On the suggestion of director Christopher Nolan, according to an industry source, the French premiere and all planned media coverage was shut down, including scheduled interviews with Nolan and actors Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman at the Paris hotel Le Bristol.

Nolan expressed his sadness about the shooting in a statement released Friday.

He called movies a great American art form and said watching one is an important and joyful pastime. Nolan called the theater his home, and said the fact that someone would commit an act of violence against innocent people there is savage and “devastating.”

He added that the cast and crew’s thoughts are with the victims and their families.

The film’s studio, Warner Bros., also released a brief statement Friday reacting to the shooting: “Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”

Warner Bros. did move to pull trailers for its upcoming movie “Gangster Squad” from showings of “The Dark Knight Rises.” The trailer of the film, which stars Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling in a ruthless war between ’40s Los Angeles police and the mob, includes a scene of mobsters firing into a movie theater from behind the screen.

Contributing: AP

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