In the wake of the horrific The Dark Knight Rises shooting in Aurora, campaigns cropped up on Reddit and Facebook to bring star Christian BaleÂ to the hospital to provide support to the victims. Because so many of the injured were children, it’s not surprising that poster Emily Sanchez wrote on the Facebook page,
“I propose we should make enough noise asking Christian Bale to visit these kids in the hospital dressed in the real Batman outfit. They need to know Heroes can be real too, not just the bad guys.”
Bale did not unearth the Batsuit for this trip, but his visit was still incredibly affecting. He arrived at the Medical Center of Aurora at 2 p.m. via ambulance and spent two and a half hours in total, meeting with the doctors and five of the shooting victims. Warner Bros. was quick to clarify that Bale came on his own: “Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers,” the executive VP of communications said in a statement.
I’ll admit that when I first saw the Reddit posting suggesting this happen, I thought it was cheesy and would be more harmful than helpful. Maybe it would remind the victims of the movie and the fandom that was the backdrop for such a traumatic experience, or perhaps it would seem like the studio was appeasing people rather than coming at this from good intentions. But you can see in the twitpics above that everyone was touched by his generosity. Some of the doctors — one of whom worked 40 hours straight following the shooting — were genuine fans and were psyched in that respect, but you see the tentative smile on one of the victims’ faces and you get all warm and fuzzy inside.