Warner Bros. has taken the initiative to refuse entry and access to the stars of the Joker film for journalists who wish to approach the stars for short interviews. The movie will have its Hollywood premiere on Saturday, and according to the official report published on Friday, the event will only allow access for the photographers to approach those who contributed to the film.
Possible Cause Of Ban For The Joker Premiere
The journalist ban may be linked to the warning that the U.S military issues just days prior, about the DC inspired film that is focused on the maniacal Batman villain. His representation in the film is a lonely and mentally ill individual who constantly lashes out at society. Services forces and other protection forces remains informed on the possibility that the film may inspire certain individuals to commit acts of terror or violence towards innocent crowds, even consider the possibility of a mass shooting.
“Our red carpet is comprised of photographers only,” a studio spokesperson recently stated in an interview. “A lot has been said about Joker, and we just feel it’s time for people to see the film.”
Joker Director Todd Phillips On Film Reception
Joker Director Todd Phillips has acknowledged the questions of encouragement of violence that the film may result, and has spoken out by saying that the film doesn’t glorify violence in any form, and certainly wasn’t created to “push buttons.”
“I mean, I think that Aurora is obviously a horrible, horrible situation but even that is not something you blame on the movie,” Phillips said regarding the mass shooting that took place in a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. The 2012 incident took place in Aurora, Colorado. “Quite frankly, if you do your own research about Aurora that gentleman wasn’t even going in as Joker. That was misreported, his hair was dyed red, he was having, obviously, a mental breakdown and there’s something horrifying about that, but it wasn’t related to it outside of the fact that it happened at a movie theater.”
Official Statement Released About Joker’s Reception
WB released an official statement on Tuesday, claiming that “neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind. It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero.”
Starring Joaquin Phoenix in the lead as Arthur Fleck/Joker, the film is set for an October 4 release. Watch the trailer for Joker here: