The Dark Knight Rises star Christian Bale – who plays Batman – has dropped in on some of the victims of the tragic shootings in Colorado last week.

According to Warner Bros, the visit was entirely Bale’s choice.  He was not acting on their behalf, and indeed, Bale personally contacted the hospital and asked to visit, and specifically requested the media not be notified.

Aurora Medical Center’s President Bill Voloch said, “The patients were really happy to meet Bale. They are obviously big fans of his movies.  It was good for the patients. We hope it was therapeutic for them, and all the staff really appreciated him coming.”

The Batman actor spent over two and a half hours at the Aurora medical facility.