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‘Ganster Squad’ Theater Shooting Scene to be Removed

The Dark Knight Rises boasts the biggest 2-D film opening in history, but it’s unfortunately also notable this weekend because of a shooting that killed 12 and injured many more at a midnight screening of “Rises” at a theater in Aurora, Colo.

In light of this tragedy, Nolan and others directly involved with “Rises” have released statements. On Friday, Warner Bros. made the decision to remove the trailer for Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad from before showings of the film, as it contains a scene in which theater attendees are killed by gunfire.

The fate of the actual sequence in “Squad” seemed questionable, but now an official decision has been made. Variety now reports that the scene – apparently a climactic moment in the film – will be removed and replaced with footage that will be shot in the near future.

“Squad,” whose ensemble cast includes Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn, has been slated to open on Sep. 7, and while no plans to push its release back have been announced, that date leaves little time for reshoots and the editing required to throw them into the film. It wouldn’t be surprising to see WB give it a release closer to the end of the year.


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