Shortly after we learned of the Aurora, Colorado shooting tragedy, a Facebook campaign was started to get Christian Bale - the star of 'The Dark Knight Rises' - to visit victims wounded during the massacre that took place during that tragic midnight movie screening.

A petition, that seems to have been started by Facebook user Jonathan Jared Adams, read

I personally got this message from at least five different people, which lead me to talk about it on my show. I must admit, I knew that a visit from Batman himself could be a long shot, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the news today that Christian Bale voluntarily paid a visit to the victims.

Over the weekend, Bale released a statement regarding the massacre,

“Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”

[via ABC]

But, here was 'The Dark Knight' himself at the Medical Center of Aurora with his wife Sandra Blazic, visiting and talking with patients. This was not a publicity stunt, as a spokeswoman for Warner Bros. revealed that Bale was there "as himself" and not representing the studio. Interview requests by major media outlets were declined by all of the patients who spent the afternoon visiting with Bale, but one Wisconsin native couldn't help sharing his experience with the world.

Carey Rottman, who was shot at the screening, posted pictures to his Facebook page with the captions "Batman!!!" "Wow!!! Thank you so much for the visit Christian!! What a great guy! Still in shock!!"

While he was there, Bale also visited the memorial to the victims which was set up across the street from the Century 16 theater, where the shooting took place.