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'Gangster Squad' Delayed Following Aurora Shooting

'Gangster Squad' Delayed Following Aurora Shooting

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone‘s The Gangster Squad will be delayed until next year in light of the movie theater shooting last week in Aurora, Colo.

A pivotal moment in the film features a scene in which a gunman opens fire on a movie theater from behind the screen. The delay will allow the filmmakers time to do reshoots and edit out the scene, according to Variety.

The Gangster Squad will now be released in theaters on January 11. No word yet if there will be a limited release in December to allow the film eligibility in next year’s Oscar race.

DO YOU THINK Warner Bros. made the right decision with The Gangster Squad?

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  • Creed

    IMO the movie looks bad either way. Why dont the reshoot the movie theatre scene if it is that offensive that they need to spend that much money to push the date back.

  • J

    No disrespect to Aurora or the victims, but I don’t think the studio should feel the need to push a release date back or edit out a scene.

  • KissThis

    I think it’s a very smart and respectful dicision. I’m just kind of sad I’ll have to wait until 2013 to see it!!

  • Anne

    I think it is the right decision. Even though movies mimic real violence and tragic incidents all the time, the weird resemblance and the timing were too gruesome. I will see it in January for sure.

  • bahha black sheep

    delay is fine…but January?….that is where bad movies go to die

  • Lauren

    Of course they made the right decisions. Young people are highly influenced by what they see in those movies, and the studios have a big responsibility. Violence should never be synonymous of entertainment.

  • ck_always

    @J: Of course they don’t HAVE to, but it’s a respectful and humane decision. Something as tragic as Aurora shouldn’t be relived or revisisted simply based on chance. Hell even the school shooting scene from American Horror Story brought back a lot of talk of Columbine.

  • Disney22

    James Holmes has won. Hollywood sucks!

  • Tony

    First James Holmes ruined Dark Knight Rises (fans waited 4 years for this experience) and now he’s potentially ruining another movie? It’s official Holmes has won! Violence depicted in movies isn’t reality, it’s fiction! -_-

    By the way, Emma Stone looks exquisite in the poster.

  • sds

    The movie looks terrible so this was a good excuse for the studio to bury it.

  • Wendy P

    Most his movies are good ..I doubt it would be bad,,, here’s some news I saw the girl he dated Angel Picard-Ami Walking the red carpet with her band at FAN FAIR CMA Fest in Nashville Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves …..small world

  • jamiejayuk

    Movies dont kill people, …people kill people.

    There are hundreds of thousands of movie scenes with shootings, from hotel rooms, cinemas, buses cars, planes, in bed, resturants.

    So if any similar even happens should we bad the next shoot em up scene.
    Gimme a break!! Try controlling who you let have guns first and not affect our movies.
    The guy was seriously troubled , and seems like he left plenty of evidence including a manifesto detailing his moves…so stop vilifying any coloured person as a terrorist and be a bit more suspicious of your own .

  • Xp 10

    Maybe making sure dangerous idiots can’t get guns should be the main focus here. Nevertheless movie looks awfully trite.

  • B.

    Taking out the scene from the movie doesn’t just mean editing work. It’s major work for everyone involved with the film. The scene is a key part to the movie, meaning taking out the scene results in having to re-write other scenes within the movie. This means major re-shoots then editing again. Not only that, but this is a huge ensemble cast, so they would need to get everyone’s schedule to bring them back to do a major re-shoot. Re-shoots happen all the time, but for Gangster Squad, it will be on another level.
    Pushing the date back isn’t too much of a problem, but having to pull the scene out of the movie causes much problems. Realistically with the work they will have to do, it would not have been possible to release the movie in September anymore.

  • holly

    I admire the fact they’ve been sensitive to the situation but pushing it back is one thing, re-shooting is another. Of course, we’re all devastated by what happened but there are people who can watch movies and tv shows filled with violence, bad language, sex, guns and death without being negatively influenced. Billions of people go the cinema every week and have are entertained. One person saw it as it an excuse to indulge their sick fantasies. To quote Kurt Sutter, ‘the one is tragic, the billion are not.’

  • Alaia

    Movies don’t create psychos. They just make them more creative.

  • Theresa

    I just dont get it, what makes many people think the movie is bad. How the hel you know

  • Stunna

    I have the biggest respect for the Aurora victims but violence has been in films forever. As someone else said, there has been scenes everywhere and it can happen in real life…. Sad but we can’t help it. The problem is not movies but sickos!

  • Cora

    That is a pretty nice and respectful thing for them to do, but I don’t think it was necessary, really.

    Of course the shooting was an AWFUL thing, but I think by October, people won’t be as much in shock as they are now. Also, the film had nothing to do with the event–it was a Batman movie that it happened in. That’s nice of WB to do that, (or maybe they just want to build up more good PR hype for the movie) but not necessary.

  • Ashley

    I think that’s very respectful. However, I must say that that scene made me want to see the film because of how bad ass it looked. But like I said its a good choice.

  • Jacob

    So they take out this scene which was shown in the trailer, but the rest of the violence in the film is okay. Got it.

  • Sean

    Holmes went nuts because he failed an important PhD oral exam and couldn’t get laid for free. Not because he saw a bunch of dudes shooting people in a movie.

  • jamiejayuk


    Alot of us cant get laid for free!!! trust me, that doesnt make us go buy guns bullets and gas cannisters. ….he should of saved all that man and bought a few hours with some girls each day. 1 hour cost £80 here. and all that rubbish he bought cost much more.
    So i seriously dooubt your reasoning.

  • Jokergurl

    I am a huge Batman fan and when I heard of this tragedy it made me very angry but I was not surprised given the nature of society right now. thought it was very nice for Christian Bale and his wife to visit the victims in Aurora and at the hospital.
    I think the decision to push back the release date of another movie just gives this shooter more attention, which is one of the reasons why he did this in the first place.
    He could have ended up killing himself, or being shot by cops instead he just surrendered to police this way he can tell his side of the story…sick but not crazy. He choose one of the most popular and anticipated movies in years, saying he’s “the Joker” and then surrendering to police. Holmes is not crazy he’s a SOCIOPATH, knowing full well of his actions and planning out this entire tragedy.
    He killed a 6 year old girl, if that isn’t reason enough for EXECUTION he also killed 11 others and wounded another 70. I think they should make an example of him and just execute him, not tweak anymore release dates, or movies that are coming out because this just gives him more attention.
    I am glad that some stations are choosing not to dwell on Holmes’ but instead concentrate on the victims who lost their lives and their families. I liked what a father said who lost his son to Anderson Cooper on CNN, “We should not be talking about this person, because that’s what he wants, we should move on and I will boycott anyone who chooses to put the spotlight on him, including your news media.” I agree concentrate on the victims, what they have to face and don’t give this villain anymore attention than he’s already had.

  • Olivia

    that movie is not appealing to me just movies stars with guns and a poor scenario. They have to reshoot yes I agree but it also means Holmes kind of won, and that’s bad.

  • potterhead

    i don’t think that they should cut a pivotal scene out of the film because of something that happened. there are movies based on real stories and yes it is great they want to respect the people they are making a wrong decision. why cut out a pivotal scene and it was made before the real life events. goodie two shoes

  • Precedent

    This is similar to the changes that were made in Spiderman after 9/11. The original trailer showed a helicopter caught in a web between the twin towers.

    Original Spiderman Trailer

  • Henry


  • Henry

    Censorship is not the answer. I will be boycotting this movie. (which sucks cause the cast is amazing)

  • Hannah

    AAWWW MMMMAANNN! i was really looking foward to it. oh well, My birthday is in January so i’ll go see it then! :)