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‘Gangster Squad’ Trailer Pulled After ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Shooting (Update)

Trailer for Ryan Gosling-Sean Penn film depicted mobsters shooting through a movie screen

Updated, 10:01 a.m.

Warner Bros. confirms to TheWrap that the trailer for the Ryan Gosling-Sean Penn film "Gangster Squad," which depicts trenchcoated gunmen shooting through a movie screen, has been pulled following the tragic shooting at a "Dark Knight Rises" screening in Aurora, Colorado.

A spokeswoman for Warner Bros. could not say whether the trailer will be re-cut to eliminate the offending footage.

Though the trailer had run prior to screenings of "The Dark Knight Rises," it did not play before the Aurora screening.


(Warning: Images and video may upset some readers.)

In a grim coincidence, a trailer for the upcoming film "Gangster Squad" shown before "The Dark Knight Rises" showed trenchcoated gunmen firing through a movie screen, into an audience.

The scene took on a sickening resonance with the mass killing at a Colorado midnight showing of "Dark Knight Rises" in which 12 people were killed and 38 injured.

Also read: 12 Dead, 38 Hurt In Shooting at 'Dark Knight Rises' Screening in Colorado

The trailer remained widely available online, and is posted below. The theater shooting comes at its climax: A film begins, and four trenchcoated men begin firing tommy guns from behind the screen. Their bullets shred the screen, and they step through it, still firing.

Also read: After Colorado Shooting, New York City Steps Up Security at 'Dark Knight Rises' Showings

The noir drama, directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone, is set for a Sept. 7 release.

Here's the video, which may, obviously, be unsettling to watch given the real-life shooting: