Warner Bros cut theatre massacre scene from Gangster Squad

Following the horrific events in Aurora, Colorado last Friday, Warner Bros has decided to cut from their upcoming flick Gangster Squad a scene in which cinema patrons are attacked with gunfire.

According to Variety, the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises has been forced to regroup following the shooting death of 12 people during a midnight screening of their Summer tentpole.

Trailers for Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad – featuring the scene in question – were pulled from theatres within five hours.

Gangster Squad was set to bow in American cinemas on September 7th, but that date has been delayed to accommodate re shoots.

It wouldn’t be the first time Hollywood has been forced to hastily edit their output following such a violent tragedy (the removal of the World Trade Center from Spider-Man‘s marketing materials following the 9/11 terrorist attacks comes immediately to mind).

Though TV spots for The Dark Knight Rises were pulled over the weekend, it still grossed a gargantuan $160 million at the U.S. box office, affording it the third biggest opening of all-time behind The Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallowsas well as breaking the record for the biggest non-3D debut.

Discuss: Should the sequence be excised from Gangster Squad?

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