Joker is in theaters Friday, despite a wave of criticism that glorifies a murderer and could encourage false attacks across the country. (CNN)
Joaquin Phoenix’s film tells the story of a marginalized clown who suffers a murderous tumult and tells it in a way that empathizes with him, says Brian Lowry of CNN.
It takes place in 1981 and tells the story of Arthur Fleck, a failed comedian who finds salvation by becoming a murder in Gotham City. Even before its launch, Warner Bros. had been confronted by protests from families of victims of the collective shooting, fearing that this would lead to violence or imitation attacks.
The growing concern about the film’s premiere has increased as a result of the massive 2012 film shoot in Aurora, Colorado, at the opening night of Batman’s other film, The Dark Knight Rises. This attack left 12 dead and dozens wounded during a performance at midnight.
A heavy solo character movie which revolves entirely around the main character Arthur Fleck. A very realistic take on what otherwise a comicbook driven character.
It’s a character study film, not a mindless action flick.
The nuances in Joaqin’s acting was sublime. pic.twitter.com/9pztmtOFFm
— Megat ‘Adli (@TheFunSizeGuy) October 4, 2019
In a joint newsletter, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warned law enforcement after online threats called for mass shootings during film screenings. The police newsletter this week said that although the federal authorities did not have information that could pose specific or credible threats to particular places, they had been alerted of threats spread on social media from less may.
In response, the big cities reinforced security during the opening night of the film. The Los Angeles Police Department announced that it would maintain a high presence in movie theaters and urged moviegoers to stay tuned and report any unusual circumstances. Some theaters even banned costumes during the premiere of “Joker”.
“While there is no credible threat in the Los Angeles area, we encourage the public to know that the police department will be there to ensure high visibility,” said police spokesman Jader. Chaves, to Lucy Kafanov, CNN.
Matthew Clarke attended the opening night on Thursday and said he was not worried about security warnings.
“The first time I heard about the mass shooting controversy, it did not really bother me, for me it was just another stupid thing going on,” he told Jason. Kovarik, CNN.
“I remember that at least a decade ago, the same thing happened when” The Dark Knight “came out, it really did not bother me and nothing would stop me from seeing the Joker.”
Clarke defended the film, claiming that he did not glorify the killers because it was a fiction. “It’s just a film about a character in transformation, and it seems to me that I do not know how to express it in words, it’s just not that bad,” he said.