If you attended a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises when it was released, it’s possible you caught a glimpse of the new trailer for Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad, which included scenes of a shootout between the Mafia and the Los Angeles PD set in Grauman’s Chinese Theater. If so, you were probably one of the last to do so, since the trailer has been pulled from theatres in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado shootings of July 20th.
Warner Bros aren’t planning to stop simply at a recut trailer, however. In a move similar to that which saw this Spiderman trailer quietly pulled in the aftermath of 9/11, the studio have decided that extensive reshoots and editing are required to work the climactic scene out of the movie. According to the story over at The Hollywood Reporter, the film has already been postponed from its original release date of September 7th 2012, with a tentative new release date of January 11th 2013. The amount of revisions indicates that the scene was originally quite central to the plot, and the cost and time of putting the sets back together and getting in-demand actors Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin in for reshoots is likely to run high.
It’s a decision that’s likely to be pretty divisive. There are those who will applaud Warner Bros for showing sensitivity to the events of July 20th, and perhaps there’s some justification in delaying the film’s release until a time when the tragedy is less immediate. However, it’s difficult to see how removing the scene altogether will do any good to, well, anyone. After all, it’s not like anyone’s going to accuse a movie of causing real-life shootings just because it shows dramatised violence oh wait…
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