Movie theaters ban masks, costumes at 'Joker' screenings

Monday, 30 Sep, 2019

The soon-to-released psychological thriller "Joker" starring Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix has prompted a "credible potential mass shooting" threat on a movie theater somewhere in the United States, military officials warned in a memorandum issued this week.

The Los Angeles Police Department said Friday it plans to step up its visibility around movie theatres for the opening of Joker because of heightened fears over the film's content.

Following director Todd Phillips blaming the left for the controversy surrounding the Joker movie, now it is learned that Warner Bros. has booted the liberal Hollywood press from the Red Carpet premiere.

"The Los Angeles Police Department is aware of public concerns and the historical significance associated with the premiere of 'Joker, '" department spokesman Josh Rubenstein told Variety. The incident took situation on the screening of The Dark Knight Rises, in Aurora when Jake Holmes set up the location on fire all thru which around 70 people were injured severely and 12 were killed.

Warner Bros. responded with a statement of its own on Tuesday, writing that "neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind".

As reported by Gizmodo and The Wrap, the USA military has issued a warning to service members about potential violence tied to screenings of Warner Brothers' Joker.

The film depicts the mental breakdown of the Joker character, the nemesis of Batman in various movie, television and comic book adaptations, that leads to violence.

In a letter to Warner Bros, the families of a few of the sufferers also urged the company to finish any political donations to candidates that withdraw money from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and also to finance gun violence intervention plans.

The studio's comment came in response to an open letter sent by the families of the victims of the Aurora, Colo., shooting in which the studio was asked to use its platform - and deep pockets - to take a stand on gun violence. "We too are here for you if you need someone to talk to".

The studio issued a statement in the wake of families of Aurora shooting victims voicing their concerns about the upcoming film. However, one knowledgeable insider said exhibitors were mindful of the situation and were closely reviewing their internal security measures. "They also idolize the Joker character, the violent clown from the Batman series, admiring his depiction as a man who must pretend to be happy, but eventually fights back against his bullies".

Warner Bros. defended the film, explaining in a statement that one of the functions of storytelling is to "provoke hard conversations around complex issues".

The studio responded, saying that the protagonist is not meant to be a hero, and pointing out its "long history" of donating money to victims of violence, including those killed Aurora.

Joker will arrive in theaters on October 3rd.

'We do not believe the content or the existence of any movie is a cause or a signal for violence, ' a Regal rep said.