talking about it and would ruin it," said Martin, who wore a light blue
T-shirt with the yellow and black oval Batman symbol on his chest that matched
designs on his sneakers.
The men are big fans of the Batman character, to the point where Martin said he has one of his home bathrooms decorated with comic books and other memorabilia about the flying masked protector of Gotham City.
They were not about to let the horrific news keep them from seeing the new film.
"It's sad, knowing you go to the movies and some nut job starts shooting," Corbo said. "It was like one of the Joker's goons."
Martin said, "My guess is, he knew there would be a crowd, with no security. They were sitting ducks."
The men said they were not worried for their own safety.
"What could happen at 9:30?" Martin said.
Said Corbo, "Every day you step outside your house, something bad could happen. Live your life to the fullest, every single day."
Fans trickled in to attend the early show, and there weren't long lines at the Davie location that some ticket buyers said kept them away Thursday night.
A Davie Police marked patrol car was in the movie theater's huge parking lot at 8:45 a.m. Friday and returned beneath the cinema's portico a half hour later, as part of his regular beat, the officer said.
On Friday afternoon, the agency said there would be more officers on patrol for evening showings.
Aurora Police said Holmes did not have a record.
TheU.S. Department of Defensesaid in a press release that Holmes had not served in the military, but that some of his victims included an injured sailor and another who was unaccounted for on Friday afternoon. Two airmen were also hurt in the incident.
The movie industry thought "Batmania" would happen around the predicted blockbuster, and the latest installment of the franchise is showing all over South Florida and the U.S.
On Friday, Cinemark USA's chief exective officer and president, Timothy Warner, spoke from Texas, where the company is based.
"We're very saddened today at Cinemark for the tragic actions that were taken in Aurora, Colorado by a deranged gunman," Warner told Dallas/Fort Worth television station WFAA. "We're also very, very grateful for the quick reponse of the police department and the emergency response teams that undoubtedly saved a lot of lives by their quick response."
He said the company did not immediately know much more than what was being reported in the breaking news story.
"As we get more information we will issue additional press statements," Warner said. "Right now, our full focus and concerns are on the victims, their families and our employees."
Another large theater chain with a big South Florida presence is Regal Entertainment Group, which has "The Dark Knight Rises" screenings scheduled in Boca Raton; Delrary Beach; Hollywood; Pembroke Pines; Coral Springs; Miami Beach and other cities.
Regal has 519 U.S. theaters in 37 states and Washington, D.C., and released a statement on its website that also expressed concern for the shooting victims and their families. It pledged to "monitor the situation and adjust our security needs as necessary."
In France, Reuters reported that the Paris premiere of the movie was cancelled Friday because of the mass shooting, event organizers said.
Workmen were seen clearing away barriers that were set up for the event at a cinema on the city's famous boulevard, the Champs-Elysees.
Reuters and Sun Sentinel Researcher Barbara Hijek and Staff Writer Juan Ortega contributed to this report.
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