Joaquin Phoenix‘s efficiency because the Joker in Todd Phillips‘ darkish tackle the Batman villain is getting large buzz, however not less than one theater in Aurora, Colorado received’t be exhibiting the movie … the venue the place the 2012 mass capturing occurred.
The Century Aurora and XD is the transformed website the place James Holmes — armed with an assault rifle and different weapons and sporting full physique armor — attacked moviegoers at a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing 12 and injuring 70.
Holmes turned linked to the Joker due to his brilliant orange hair and stories he referred to as himself that when he was arrested … although these stories turned out to be false.
The theater reportedly won’t be exhibiting “Joker” — there are presently no showtimes listed and a theater worker tells The Hollywood Reporter no advance ticket purchases can be found as a result of the multiplex received’t be exhibiting the movie.
It’s unclear if that is out of respect, or worry of a copycat incident.
Either means, the choice to go on “Joker” comes as members of the family of the Aurora capturing victims are expressing considerations about Phoenix’s portrayal of Arthur Fleck, who turns into the Joker, and the violence that laces the movie … asking Warner Bros. to affix the company leaders who perceive “they have a social responsibility to keep us all safe.”
Sandy Phillips — mom of Jessica Ghawi, who was one of many 12 killed — and her husband, Lonnie, together with three different members of the family of victims, all signed a letter despatched to Warner Bros. voicing fears over the film and asking the studio to donate to teams that assist victims of gun violence.
Sandy says the film feels “like a slap in the face” and she or he’s terrified …”My fear is that one one that could also be on the market — and who is aware of if it is only one — who’s on the sting, who’s desirous to be a mass shooter, could also be inspired by this film.”
She provides … “For me, it’s the gratuitous violence that this film glorifies and elevates with the Joker character.”
The letter to Warner Bros. states that the 2012 capturing was “perpetrated by a socially isolated individual who felt ‘wronged’ by society” and acted on it.
The letter asks the studio to finish political contributions to candidates who help the NRA and encourage Congress to foyer for gun reform, however it doesn’t ask for the “Joker” launch to be halted or canceled, nor does it name for a boycott.
It’s just a little bizarre … the letter greater than suggests releasing the film is irresponsible and harmful, however then it goes on to say they help free speech — even when it’s dangerous.
Warner Bros. says it has not but acquired the letter. We’ve reached out … no phrase again to this point.
Fans of the film bought a primary have a look at Phoenix as each Fleck and the Joker a few yr in the past, and in each cases … he seems to be fairly creepy.