The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan has responded to the tragic shooting in Colorado at a screening of the recently released film.

In a statement, the director said: 'Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community'.

'I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.'

Twelve people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the screening in the town of Aurora, Colorado. Another 58 people were injured in the unprovoked attack. One man, believed to be the culprit, was arrested outside the scene.

'The movie theatre is my home' Nolan continued, 'and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.'