Giving for shooting victims nears $2 million
Gerald Wright, 24, relights candles that have blown out at the victims' memorial across from the movie theater.
July 24th, 2012
03:34 PM ET

Giving for shooting victims nears $2 million

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday that contributions to GivingFirst.org, which is accepting donations for victims and relatives of Friday's mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, had reached nearly $2 million.

"The needs will be great and we look forward to seeing the fund grow exponentially," he said in a news release. "This money will help those impacted by this tragedy begin to recover and rebuild their lives."

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Hickenlooper said donors include Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, co-producers of "The Dark Knight Rises," which was playing in the movie theater when the shooting began.

Sources at Warner Bros. studios told CNN that the company made a "substantial" donation to Community First, which is collecting funds for victims of the shooting through GivingFirst.org.

Warner Bros., a subsidiary of CNN's parent company Time Warner, would not divulge how much money it was giving out of what the sources said was respect for the victims.

"Many other individuals, families, corporations and foundations have donated," the governor's news release said. "Most donors have asked to remain anonymous."

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GivingFirst.org describes the Community First Foundation as a "longstanding community foundation" which has established the relief fund in partnership with Hickenlooper.

The website adds that contributions to the fund will go toward meeting the needs of the shooting victims and their families, "and, as funds are available, the broad needs of those affected in the community."

At least one victim's friends and family are seeking funds individually. A website for Caleb Medley, who was shot in the head, resulting in the loss of an eye and brain damage, tallied more than $163,000 in donations from nearly 5,000 donors by Tuesday night.

"The surgeon came and talked to us and said he'd be in ICU at least a week," said Medley's friend, Michael West, who set up the website to take care of the ultimate medical bill as well as the needs of the victim's family. "I knew it was going to rack up in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions," he said.

Medley, who had been doing standup comedy routines in Denver and was working full-time at Target, had no health insurance, his brother Seth said.


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  4. Help for Victims

    You can be a Guardian Angel for the victims of Aurora CO.

    How: Use the Guardian Angel Income Program. This program was inspired by a “Gifting Letter” that was originally featured on the Oprah Show, CNN, 20/20 and various other shows.

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    July 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Billy Moses

    Reblogged this on Billy Moses.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Janet Millard

    Glad to see they are finally getting it right

    July 25, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JLM

    What Warner Brothers and Christian Bale have done in the wake of this tragedy are acts of classy, kind people. There is no need, NO NEED to degrade it with moronic assumptions. There has been enough hate, enough sadness around this tragic event – it inspires hope to see acts of love and kindness being perpetrated by people who don't have to. And hope is all we have to keep us going.

    July 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Queen Esther

    That was really really nice..my heart goes out to all affected by this horrible TRAGEDY ! :O(((

    July 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Yvonne

    Only in the USA would people have to worry about how to pay for medical

    July 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. .•|•.

    Haha, dead geeks.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. ........

    the real sad thing is they may be donating money to this cause but non-profit organiztions only have set amount or percentage that they actually have to put to the cause. Makes me wonder is only a $100,000 going to the cause and the rest going to the pockets of these so-called non profit organizations......??????

    July 25, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Freddie

    CNN, why don't you screen out some of the excrement that people post to this site? If readers (and viewers) hold you responsible for what appears here, it might have something to do with your ratings slip. If it doesn't, it should.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. tdg

    There has been no rise in mass killings due to cinematic violence, only a rise in mass media. We can all guess at what made James Holmes do what he did but he probably doesn't totally know why he did it either. He was motivated by madness. The Son of Sam .45 killer said a dog told him to kill. The Joker from Batman being Holmes's push to kill seems just as insane. Cinematic violence is definitely not to blame. Mental illness is to blame.

    July 25, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. RON G.

    ppl are dumb in the mind....they make right wrong and wrong right.....its pathetic!!!!!!!

    July 25, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Henry

    This cracks me up. Everyone is slamming Warner Bros for doing the right thing, as if they know their intentions. Yet, if they'd done nothing, all you clowns would be crying that they don't care. So apparently if someone has money even their good deeds aren't good? Poor perspective.

    July 25, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  16. VladT

    Are you people really that dense to blame "The evil corporation" ( i.e. Warner brothers ), violence, and society, rather then blaming the gunman himself. I'll give you a statistic, for those who seem to be making them up. How many people have seen the new batman movie? How many people are claiming to be the Joker and wanting to kill innocent people? Statistics, people...its more fun then emotional rants. That is quite a small percentage to prove your point of WB and Batman movies causing violence

    July 25, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  17. Adolf

    10 to 1 Holmes is a Jew.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  18. I cataldi

    Continued prayers for all victims and families.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  19. TCXX22

    @ Laszlo...r u telling me that u, a good person & generally law abiding citizen, wud b so shallow & influenced to let movies or music or the combo of a bunch of them 2gether make u kill any1 let alone shoot a bunch of innocent people u dont even know in a theater??? Thats not what happened...it is some nut job w/ issues....movies & music have nothing 2 do w/ it...u have a choice of what u watch, listen 2, basically do...every1 looks 2 blame something besides themself or upbringing.... Well normal people in society dont do this & normal people in society go 2 movies & listen 2 music! This is 1 guy w/ his own issues NOT 2 be blamed on things the rest of us normal people enjoy!!!

    July 25, 2012 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  20. Topgunn

    Movies don't kill people. People do. Thats why I'm against those Libs messing with my right to bare arms. If i'd been in that theatre, I'd a blown that clown straight to kingdom come. I'm proud to say I taught my son Jebb to fire a colt 45 before I taught him to wipe his own ass. Don't let the Libs tell you what movies to see. Don't let them exploit this tragedy to take away your rights. If everyone in that theater took advantage of their right to carry a firearm this tragedy would never of happened!

    July 25, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  21. glitzgirlzglamourguide

    I live in Denver and this is amazing that everyone can come together be supportive for others in a time of need! http://www.glitzgirlzglamourguide.com

    July 25, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  22. NotTellinYou

    Fulltime at Target and no health insurance. Typical!

    July 24, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Ridiculous

    I grew up with violent movies and action hero stories. I loved marvel comics and acting out a fantasy world of super powers. I had toy guns and nerf weapons. But never in any of that "bombardment" was I inclined to resort to true violence. Anyone on here who truly thinks that this exposure to WB movies or the like leads to true violence is an idiot. An act of violence requires a damaged psyche, which results regardless of exposure. Something was wrong with him, it was his fault, and no one was able to pick up on the signs that he was capable of such action.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  24. N.

    Christian Bale went to visit the victims today. According to the story he asked that it not be made public till after the fact or something like that. WB made it clear he's acting by himself. Very classy guy!

    July 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ghfg

      You obviously don't know much about him. He is a nightmare to work with. Very short temper.

      July 25, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  25. Voice of Trusth

    Nice of Warner Bros. Now, let's make donations to all victims of gun violence that live in our inner cities. Amazing, how some people are always given and privileged even during tragedy and some people seem to be always forgotten and never given to.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  26. danbrew

    Purely a defensive measure on behalf of the studio. Remind me again who publishes violence 24×7 into our living rooms? And has been for the last forty years or so?

    Holmes is certainly responsible for his own actions (for now), yet it is only a matter of time before Hollywood is held accountable.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      So im taking you know his parents and how they raised him? Or u just automatically blaming someone else?

      July 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Mr.Morbid

    Its really nice to hear about Warner Brothers and legendary pictures making donations,even though this tragedy was not their fault. Its also really awesome of Christian Bale going to Aurora to speak with these people after this horrible tragedy.It is something you would see Bruce Wayne do in a comic book. This really shows that good really triumphs over evil. Even though this happened people still come together and show others that we are not afraid to stand up to you. I pray that one day things like this wont happen anymore.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Mike

    Its funny everyone is blaming everything other than the person that committed this crime. And we wonder why other countries laugh at us!

    July 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  29. clinky

    Cazer, I'm not proposing anything simplistic. Obsessing over and identifying with the Joker doesn't get Holmes off the hook for what he did. But I'm not surprised that, in a culture steeped in violent pictures far surpassing any time before in history, one of the violent movies could push an unstable person over the edge. And there are lots of unstable people around. I hope it doesn't, but I wouldn't be surprised if this keeps happening over violent movies, video games etc.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sk8

      Ummm your comment makes absolutely no sense. Holmes was planning this for months, long before the movie came out. So how exactly could a movie he never even saw push him "over the edge" as you said?

      July 24, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  30. B4Real2Me

    No matter what's donated or how much... IT WILL NEVER BRING THOSE PEOPLE BACK, IT WILL NEVER HEAL AND MEND THEIR FAMILIES AND TINSEL TOWN DON'T SEEM AS BRIGHT!!!

    July 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • TravelinGirl182

      You make it seem as if its the Hollywood studio that killed those people. WB donating to that charity is great. No, it wont bring the dead back, but it will provide some relief to the people who survived and now have tremendous medical bills. Be grateful they are doing anything at all.

      July 24, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Rick1948

    A pleasantly surprising announcement – totally uncharacteristic of big business. Thanks Warner Brothers.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  32. clinky

    Cazer, Mass shootings are a relatively recent phenomenon in this country. I think CNN published a timeline, right after the Aurora massacre. The trend gets steadily going in the 1990s. Of course, that's right when movie and media violence are getting amped up too. All I'm saying is let's ask questions and see if there are connections. Since media violence is ubiquitous, it would be bizarre if there were no connections whatsoever.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  33. clinky

    Cazer, Studies keep showing that depictions of violence in media are steadily rising. I haven't seen the latest Batman movie, but I've seen enough of them to get a taste for their brand of violence. A PG-13 rating takes into account what is the norm. What used to get an R now gets a softer rating.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cazer

      I am not an official with the MPAA so I don't know their guidelines for PG-13 versus an R but if an innocuous movie like Twilight (teeny bopper fare) is PG-13 and Batman is PG-13 I cannot believe there is that WIDE of a gap in the rating system.

      Are there studies on the number of people who act out based on what they have watched? Because I have seen some violent movies: The Godfather, Pulp Fiction, Thor (another PG-13) yet I have never had the desire to kill anyone, or own or gun or any weapon.

      This is a tragedy. The person to blame is the person who decided with his own mind and body to walk into that theater and do what he did. WB did not do that. The NRA did not do that. James Holmes did that. (Yeah yeah...innocent before proven guilty).

      July 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jakk

      whoah, whoah, whoah....cite your supposed sources on that BS and do you have seat on the MPAA?

      July 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Cazer

    @Steve H

    To quote you: "Look at the severely violent film they created?"

    Its PG13. I would hardly rate that severely violent. Have you seen the movie? I have...really not that severely violent. You have every right to your opinion, but don't oversell it by mistating the facts to fit your position. Moving on...

    July 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      An entire city threatened with annihilation isn't violent enough for you? Or the gunning down of throngs of innocent good guys (in a single scene)? Or are you saying that there weren't that many Batman-inflicted bloody noses in it?

      And this real madman's actions were in no way the studio's responsibility, so Warner Brothers was under no obligation to donate anything other than good wishes and sympathy; that they did donate a "substantial" amount was generous and showed a lot of class on the part of those who made the call. And if they hadn't donated, their public image would not have been affected negatively at all. Why should it? This wasn't the BP oil spill - it wasn't their fault this happened.

      July 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  35. clinky

    An event like Aurora's massacre should open up a lot of questions about the origins of violence. The public should be invited to actively participate in discussion. The shooting happened at a big violent movie, with the killer calling himself the Joker, and is a lot less likely to have happened at other kinds of movies like romantic comedies and children's movies. We should be looking at the type of movie and its widespread popularity as a possible source for nurturing and triggering violence. Warner should not only donate loads of money to everyone in the theater, and the families of those killed. In the wake of this tragedy, Warner should be asking about the violent movies they make like this one, and what impact they have on the culture? And that discussion should be transparent and open to the public.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arthurrr

      i am not advocating violent movies but you had better know what EXACTLY was behind this guy's rampage before you even comment, because i guaruntee you–YOU DONT KNOW YET!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Left Cappuccino

    Why whenever ppls backs at against the wall do they come out with a charitable donation? Why not do it without having it announced by a publicist? making donation is the right thing to do but I have more respec for those who donate quietly.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hale Ceaser

      Becaues if they just kept quiet about it, idiots like you would evantually raise hell and yell "WHY ISN'T WB DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT?! DUMB RICH CORPORATE JERKS!" So if they're damned either way then who cares? They're not out for YOUR respect so they won't lose any sleep over it, I promise.

      July 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  37. clinky

    Warner Bros. just wants to keep the status quo, keep pumping out the violence-soaked movies in the Batman franchise, and not deviate from course by getting into a public discussion that questions their product. The donation is just to make them look good and cover collateral damage to the franchise's image. Warner is doing a very good job since hardly anybody is calling violent media to the carpet, instead it is semi-automatic guns that are receiving a little scrutiny.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cazer

      Guns, violence and violence with guns started WAY before any Batman franchise. 100 years ago before television, movies, music and the internet what excuse was given for violence then? Just curious...

      July 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Charlotte

    It's amazing the number of soulless, small-minded and petty people posting all sorts of hateful things here against WB just because they make a kind gesture. The fact of the matter is this could have happened (and HAS happened to varying degrees) anywhere – in a MacDonalds, a Post Office, a mall, a freeway overpass – and despite the jerks' yelling that he was the Joker, this heinous act has NOTHING to do with Batman or the social issues surrounding shoot-em-up blockbuster movies. It was a deranged whackjob who decided to kill a lot of defenseless people. What better target than a packed movie house? WB doesn't HAVE to donate one red cent for victim relief. I have no doubt there's some damage control they have in mind, but I think the gesture is also quite genuine and they are sorry their movie was the scene of a massacre. Why can't these hideous trolls keep their venom to themselves? Probably because nobody in real life will listen to them because they have no friends. Really pathetic.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  39. FinnGoDo

    LOL@ Norm.

    I saw The Dark Knight Rises finally. If someone is going to shoot me in a theater I hope I'm watching a better movie than that...that's for sure...

    July 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Mimi

    Very nice WB!.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Mary

    Hmmm. Of course they gave money. Its a bit like cigarette companies giving the patch to smokers.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Give me a break – there's a little more direct link between cigarettes, the damage they do and supplemental nicotine products - WB had absolutely zero responsibility in this yet they chose to make a donation. Good for them.

      July 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Just Me

    I hope it was substantial, and it is appreciated. The reality is that they could pay for all the funerals and all hospital costs not covered by insurance and time off and help for those that lost a breadwinner with 1% or less of the profits. I applaud them and others follow their example of generosity..

    July 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      I applaud the donations made for these victims, but the fact is that the donations made will not go very far toward making the survivors' lives easier in the future. Until you've been the victim of a crime, you have no idea how financially, emotionally and physicially draining it all can be. People can't go to work and lose their jobs because of PTSD, the court proceedings take up an enormous amount of time, a victim almost always needs to have an attorney themselves to represent their interests and to assist with ancillary actions, and counseling costs, which will be life-long, are not free to most people. My heart goes out to the victims of this senseless tragedy. They will need support and the neverending patience of their families in order to survive this. My thoughts are with not only with the families of the deceased, but also with all of the survivors and their families.

      July 24, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Pragmatist

    Why does everything have to be about something else? Why can't it just be what it appears, a nice gesture to some grieving people?

    People tend to read too much into a person's/corporation's motives.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Laszlo

    Why are you people reading into this?Does it really matter wether they want to save face withtheir brand or not?Bottom Line is they're doing it,period. I for one,agree with the gesture for what it is,COMPASSION.If more of this were shown,maybe,just maybe,this would be a better world.Kudos to Nicholson and Bale for what THEY'RE doing to help HEAL

    July 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Branden

      Oh hunny, you sound so angry. Turn that frown upside down! But its so sweet of them though.

      July 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      wow dude. so you take time out of your day to impersonate a f @g? not a gay guy but a f@ g?

      July 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jetranger

    Let the Over the Top Violence continue to be promoted in Movies & Music, Americans especially those under 30 just Love the stuff, can't get enough of the Bombs blowing up and the mass amount of Shootings, and Blood Spatter & Destruction, they thrive on it !! Before ya know it, they actually believe & Think this is how you solve problems in society. Totally Brainwashed into thinking this way, and before long their acting out this Violence they see on the Big Screen and hear in the Music, its become acceptable to them to Act this way, with total Dis-regard for any Logic or Rational thought process at all, they start believing that Violence will be the Answer to their problems, rather with a Gun, knife, Bomb, whatever – throw some good Drugs in on top of it and Watch em' "WIG-OUT", rather its at a movie theater , Concert, or whatever, they thrive on this type of Macab Culture filled with Guns, Blood, Bombs, Murder, its All they know, its all they see on the Big Sceeen and in their Music they listen too, from all walks of Life, the Super Educated with their College Degrees, to the High School Drop outs , Rich – Poor, they thrive on all this mundane Fantasy Illusion Story telling so much so,,,,, they start believing and Acting the scenes out in real life !! Welcome to the "ZOMBIE" state of mind, created by those out to Enrich themselves into the multi-Millions while doing it, and they Eat it up like a Kid eatin Candy, can't get enough of it. ( "RunAway Jury") watch it starring John Cusak and Gene Hackman & Dustin Hoffman !

    July 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Paul

    If they want to help, they should stop making those movies with so much violence

    July 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  47. j14401s

    Looks like cover my ass money to me. Warner Bros has no compassion for those people.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • j

      Exactly...all about image and saving face...just like what McDolands did when those people stole the monopoly pieces...they turned around and gave away 5 million after that.

      July 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jetranger

      Agreed 100% , their being Sued by several of the Victims, and their attempting to show good faith in hopes of lessing the Lawsuit Damages ! Why the Lawsuit ? Well who's going to cover all the multi-millions of dollars in Medical Expenses for these victims and Funeral Costs ?? Who the Shooter who has NO Money !! What good would filing a Lawsuit really do against the Suspect / Murder/ Shooter, except to gain a weee bit of satisfaction ! its definetly NOT going to pay any of their Medical bills into the thousands upon thousands of dollars, or missed work, or therapy for months to come ! So who was it that Promotes and makes these kinds of Ridlicious Films & Movies that are over the top , and for what reasons again ??? ( Money – Revenue), so why the Victims endure the pain & suffering for months & years to come and are left to worry how to pay these medical expenses and put a roof over their heads while NOT able to work, the Movie Mogul Executives, Directors, Agents are sitting around their Hollywood Mansions beside their 1.5 million dollar swimming pools with their Fake 25 yr.old Bimbo's on an over blown allowance, while the Victims are forced into Financial Dispair & Bankruptcy and Hardships for years to come !! it was just a matter of time before some dim-wit hollywood producer / Director pushed things over the top to some of these Deranged humans out there who believe everything they see on screen and act out the scene themselves . They Promote this kind of violence over and over and over Repeatedly in the movies and YOUNG people start to believe this how you do things and solve problems in Society ! it was just a matter of time !

      July 24, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Steve H.

    An important correction to my post that reads really wrong. *Whine about guns and violence AFTER a violent act.*
    Just wanted to clear that up!

    July 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Paul

    I saw a lady walking near the train station this morning iwho dyed her hair the same color as James Holmes. I said to myself she must want people attention.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Humbly

    It should be substantial. These victims can really use the money.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  51. kellyinboston

    Good for WB. I'm a new fan. I'm also going to check out this fund–I feel so bad for the people that were impacted by this tragedy.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve H.

      @ Kellyinboston
      Why are you a new fan of WB? Because they made a donation to protect thier brand? Look at the severely violent film they created? Violence is so etched in American society. Here is an interesting thig to try when you goto the video store next time. Count how many guns are on the covers of movies on the shelves? We loveit, we cant get enough of it. The Batman movie is poised to put up record setting numbers. And now we want to whine about a violent act? I love the 2nd ammendment but we truly creat our own monsters.

      July 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  52. warren

    Bravo warner brothers! Let us know someone in corporate america cares!

    July 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Coflyboy

    This was a VERY nice gesture from WB. Anything will help, as the medical bills are easily going to run into the tens-of-millions.

    July 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Norm22

    Jack Nicholson should show up in a Joker costume to console the victims.

    July 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Norm

      You are an idiot! How callus can you be?

      July 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC

      Christian Bale is in Denver right now visiting some of the victims, apparently on his own dime. Very cool of the guy. Go to Denver Post's website to see.

      July 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Victor

      @norm- Another day of trolling, right. What a jerk!

      July 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Therese Cooper

    I'm sorry for the tragic ordeal. My though pray. I hope this d

    July 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  56. amy

    It's funny how when a company does the very least little thing it should do in the wake of something like this, people fall all over themselves congratulating it.

    July 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      The fact that they're not responsible for this AT ALL, and yet they're still doing something about it, does say something great about them. What are YOU doing to contribute? Besides your lame imput?!?!

      July 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • kellyinboston

      What have you done to help?

      July 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • shoos

      @amy, Not all corporations are greedy faceless drones for the dollar. There are compassionate people that are business people as well. What a simplistic cynical unnecessary smack.

      July 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      @kellyinboston, Besides donate 100$ to the same relief fund?

      July 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      This is not warner brothers fault or Batman. Studios produce movies based on public wants. They don't gross hundreds of millions of dollars without fans. Warner brothers didn't have to do anything and Christian bale didn't have to visit them. No one saw this coming. I do believe so much violence is corrupting but the act act was committed by an evil person. Normal people would never think of doing something like that.

      July 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Justin

    That is an act of human kindness and generosity. My prayers for healing for all victims and their families and the community.

    July 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • nisroc00

      I agree it does not matter if Warner Brother donated or not as it was not their fault this guy did what he did. I now respect this Warner Brothers.

      July 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Tell It Like It Is!

    It's what Warner Brother's should do in light of what happened, even though they were not responsible for what that evil kook did. Glad they stepped up to the plate and have been generous.

    July 24, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Judge Dredd

    Good thing Warner Bros. is donating to them because Torrence Brown, Jr. being the typical black is going to sue based on this tragedy. He's got to feed them kids he has.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Who is that?

      July 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judge Dredd is Racist

      What are you talking about racist. Do you typically stereotype everyone for a living. Or are you just a typical racist

      July 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ProudTexan

      I am glad someone had to say it. Just another black guy wanting to make money from a tragedy. I dont blame Warner Bros for what happened. It was just some idiot with gun and no life.

      July 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maxwell M.

      I didn't know any of the victims were black,I didn't see any coverage on them where I live,since you're being racists I guess you get more sympathy showing just whites.

      July 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Alexander

    That really really is nice of Warner Brothers. They didn't have to do that. It really does show class and that they care about those injured. The WB is GREAT. (and I miss the WB frog)

    July 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Shari Lopatin

    I think that was a very nice gesture for Warner Brothers to do. I was just thinking about this scenario this morning: if I were Christopher Nolan or any of the Batman execs, I'd have wanted to donate–and even make an appearance in Colorado–for the victims. I'm a professional writer and former journalist, and if anyone had ever done something this horrific during one of MY works, I'd feel an immense sense of responsibility to console the victims. Not out of guilt, but because I'm human and I care.

    God Bless, Warner Brothers.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shameless

      I'm confused. I don't see how your work relates to the film industry.

      I do agree it is good to hear about a positive response from the studios.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Mini donuts... Get your mini donuts here

    That's a kind offer of them, however I really hope it wasn't made out of a sense of guilt or responsibility from Warner Bros part. This tragedy had nothing to do with them or their movie and obviously they should have nothing to feel ashamed of. It had nothing to do with a Batman movie, but all to do with an idiot with a stupid looking hair color job. The gesture is appreciated though.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  63. redwingfan

    Admirable... very admirable. Even when they are not responsible for the heinous acts committed by this coward, it's refreshing to see that Warner Bros. has the compassion to ensure victims and their famillies are aided in the healing process (be it financially, emotionally, etc.). Peace to Aurora... you're in the hearts and minds of America!

    July 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexander

      I agree. It was genuine nice of WB to do that. The shooting had nothing to do with them. It was just some crazy creep fixated on a cartoon character. WB is the best. They were my favorite network for years. We miss The W-Beeeee.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • kellyinboston

      @nostrildamus–What have you done to help?

      July 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Kev

    Glad to see this happen. This is what good people do.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • nostrildamus

      Kev – It may be what good people do. It's also what self-serving people who see an opportunity for positive public relations do.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • @nostril

      Kind of cynical, aren't you? Can't you just take it on face value as a nice gesture? They were just trying to help this community heal. Does that change my opinion of Warner Brothers, yes. Will that factor into my movie viewing, no. What are they gaining?

      July 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Honestly, who cares if it boosts their image or not! Regardless of motivations, they're doing it!

      July 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Dude

    Aww that's really nice of them!

    July 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  66. TT

    That was a very nice thing for Warner Brothers to do for the folks of Aurora. May it help a wounded community to heal. Our thoughts are with them all.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  67. NanookoftheNorth

    That was a very kind and generous offer ! There has been lots of talk on comment sections over the w/e regarding a possible donation being made to the Aurora community from some of the big wigs involved with the movie. Glad to hear it will happen :-)

    July 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |

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