Moviegoers in New York City will come across a robust police presence as they gear up for the opening weekend of the movie Joker. The Police Officers will be patrolling at the front entrance of the theatre. Though the police have not received any specific threats, the public should be aware of it. We are at a stage where mass shootings have become common and there are ongoing concerns about such violence. The link between media and actions depicting violence is missing, yet people want to play the blame game by pointing fingers at such movies for promoting violence in reality.
Blast From the Past
The NYPD is taking certain precautions as they do not want a repetition of the past incident. Seven years ago, there was shooting at the premier of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. Some family members of the victims of the 2012 Aurora shooting sent a notice to Warner Bros. They were expressing their concerns with the movie and its impact on the audience. The Century Aurora and XD that have been remodeled since the 2012 shooting will not be showing Joker at all. Theaters have been landmarked across 27 markets in the U.S. which will ban the Joker costumes, Joker face painting or cosplay of any sort. The rumor began in the hours after James Holmes shot down 12 people and injured 70 at the 2012 screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Speaking at a press conference in Manhattan, then-New York police commissioner, Ray Kelly said that Holmes had referred to himself as the Joker. “He had his hair painted red, he said he was ‘the Joker,’ obviously the ‘enemy’ of Batman,” Kelly said.
Joker – Releases 4th October
Joker serves as a standalone movie for DC Comics infamous Clown Prince of Crime, Joker. The film’s director is Todd Phillips and stars Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker. Joaquin Phoenix will portray the lead character Arthur Fleck, who is pursuing stand-up comedy. But he ultimately fails at the one thing he loves the most. This pushes our lead role in a dark place due to his shortcomings. Joker who was pushed around by society became insane and went on a rampage. The storyline consists of a psychological study about a man who goes insane beyond the limits. That is how Joker is born who loves to indulge in chaotic violence. This dark thriller hits the cinemas on October 4, 2019.