Bale and wife Sibi Blazic at a memorial in Aurora. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

We all know that Christian Bale is not Batman, even though he’s played him in three movies, including “The Dark Knight Rises.” But on Tuesday he conducted himself in a way that was vaguely reminiscent of a superhero, visiting the people of Aurora, Colo., the town where 12 people were killed during a shooting rampage at a “Dark Knight Rises” screening, and quietly expressing his gratitude to them.

According to the Associated Press, Bale left flowers at a memorial outside the movie theater where the shooting occurred and also went to the Medical Center of Aurora to visit shooting victims and medical staff.

The Oscar winner and his wife, Sibi Blazic, arrived in town yesterday afternoon with no advance warning and no media fanfare. Bale was photographed in Aurora but did not speak to the press. A spokesman for Warner Bros., distributor of “The Dark Knight Rises,” said Bale did not make the trip at the studio’s behest; he was there representing himself.

“He just said he wanted to come to thank all of us because he has been thinking about this,” Janie Bowman-Hayes, assistant vice president of surgical services at the Swedish Medical Center, sister hospital to the Medical Center of Aurora, told the AP. “He knows the whole world has been thinking about this. He took it upon himself to come and thank us.”

In another touching, pop culture-related anecdote related to the people of Aurora, the Denver Post reported that Katie Medley, wife of shooting victim and comedian Caleb Medley, gave birth to a son on Tuesday. It was happy news for the family at a difficult time; Caleb Medley remains in a medically induced coma, having suffered brain damage and the loss of an eye following the rampage. The couple’s little boy was named Hugo Jackson Medley, after Hugo “Hurley” Reyes on “Lost.”

Here are more photos from Bale’s visit.

Bale and Blazic at the memorial. (Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

(Ted S. Warren/AP)

(Ted S. Warren/AP)

Bale with Swedish Medical Center staff at The Medical Center of Aurora. (AP)