Warner Bro's defends new Joker film amid concerns of encouraging violence

Warner Bro's defends new Joker film amid concerns of encouraging violence

A week before "Joker" hits the big screen, movie theaters around the country are banning masks and costumes at screenings in the name of security amid fears of violence hanging over the film's release.

Director Todd Phillips in a new interview slammed critics who argue his upcoming film "Joker" could inspire violence, saying it's been "eye-opening" how the far left has embraced cancel culture.

A police spokeswoman told AFP that while there have been no credible threats in the Los Angeles area, "the department will maintain high visibility around movie theatres when (the film) opens" next week.

The threat stirred fears of a repeat of the September 20, 2012, mass shooting that left 12 people dead and 70 injured during a screening in Aurora, Colorado, of "The Dark Knight Rises", another film about the same fictional Batman villain that won Heath Ledger a posthumous Academy Award.

"As law enforcement has moved through so many mass shootings and so many other types of violence, that when they get intelligence, even if it's not specific, they will pass it on to local or state authority just so they are aware", Garrett said.

US military officials have already warned about possible violence at screenings, after confirming they were contacted by Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who reportedly found social media posts from incel extremists⁠-identified in the memo as "individuals who express frustration from perceived disadvantages to starting intimate relationships"⁠-making reference to violent attacks at screenings of the film.

Warner Bros. Entertainment has restricted access for print and broadcast journalists from the red carpet at the upcoming US premiere of "Joker".

Phillips said his intention was not to "push buttons", but to "sneak a real movie in the studio system under the guise of a comic book film".

The Aurora family members also asked studio bosses to "end political contributions to candidates who take money from the NRA (National Rifle Association) and vote against gun reform".

Families of the Aurora, Colorado, mass killing victims also called on the studio for what the group said is the production company's responsibility to help fight gun violence.

This image released by Warner Bros.

"I believe we all know of those issues and we are anxious, and I believe that is the reason why we speak about it".

Warner Bros announced that no broadcast or print reporters will be allowed to interview actors during "Joker's" red carpet Saturday night amidst the alert of possible threats targeting the film's October 4 release, Variety reported on Friday.

The letter comes before Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Batman villain, opens here on Oct 3.

Though it was reported at the time that he was inspired by the character of the Joker, police later said that there was no evidence to support this.

Regal said that while no individual movie "is a cause or a signal for violence", staff at some of its NY cinemas told The Post that masks and face paint will be banned, with some extra security on hand. Our company has a long history of donating to victims of violence, including Aurora, and in recent weeks, our parent company joined other business leaders to call on policymakers to enact bi-partisan legislation to address this epidemic.

The studio behind Joker said that the film was meant to "provoke hard conversations around complex issues", but there were none of those on the red carpet earlier today.

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