Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Finland scales back Batman campaign

Law enforcement officials talk near the apartment of alleged gunman James Holmes (AP)

Finland's film industry has cancelled large parts of its marketing campaign for the new Batman movie after the murders of 12 people at a screening in Colorado, a broadcaster said.

YLE television said Finnish movie distributor FS-Film's entire internet campaign for The Dark Knight Rises has been temporarily shut down and TV spots have been withdrawn.

It was not clear how long the suspension would last, but it may be just this weekend.

The Paris premiere of the Batman movie was cancelled on Friday when the shooting spree took place in a Colorado suburb.

In Finland, where the film opened on Friday, a teenager killed eight people at his high school in 2007. In 2008, a 22-year-old Finn fatally shot 10 people at a college.

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