07/22/2012 01:56 pm ET Updated Jul 23, 2012

Anne Hathaway On Aurora 'Dark Knight Rises' Shooting: 'Unfathomably Senseless Act'

As the world learns the faces and names of the victims of the Aurora, Colo. shooting during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," another one of the films stars, Anne Hathaway, has expressed her feelings about the tragedy.

"My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act," Hathaway, who plays Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises," said in a brief statement. "I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."

Earlier, Batman himself, Christian Bale, broke his silence about the Aurora shooting, releasing the following statement: “Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”

The suspected Aurora gunman James Holmes reportedly claimed to be portraying The Joker, played by the late Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight," leading Ledger's father to speak out on tragedy as well. "We can't blame Heath or the character,'' he said. "I think that's the least of my worries ... I'd be more worried about the families and other people involved in the tragedy rather than anything else.''

"The Dark Knight Rises" director Christopher Nolan was the first to speak out about the shooting. "I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community," Nolan said. "The movie theatre is my home, 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."

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Batman Premiere Shooting At Century 16 Cinema
Batman Premiere Shooting At Century 16 Cinema