“Joker” is quickly becoming the most controversial film of the year, even over “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” which was previously in first place due to the ending, a particular dark secret about one character and how Quentin Tarantino depicted Bruce Lee.
There is a lot of speculation on whether the Joaquin Phoenix film will inspire violence and some even argue the movie expresses empathy for mentally ill mass shooters.
And now the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado where the mass shooting occured during “The Dark Knight Rises” 2012 says they will not show “Joker.”
By most accounts, Todd Phillips “Joker” starring Joaquin Pheonix in the titular role and Robert De Niro is supposed to be incredible; a game changer for superhero movies in general.
But most people are concerned not only by the violence in the film, but that “Joker” will inspire violence. Most people are able to compartmentalize a movie from reality when they watch a violent film but others can’t.
That was clearly the case with James Eagan Holmes.
On July 20th, 2012, Holmes entered into a Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” wearing tactical gear, with multiple firearms, killing twelve people and injuring seventy others.
It could’ve been a public place that Holmes wanted to enact his deadly mass shooting, but there was one caveat; not only did the 24-year-old dye his hair to look like Heath Ledger’s Joker from “The Dark Knight” but he also claimed to police officers that arrested him that he WAS the Joker.
And because Holmes couldn’t separate fiction from reality, twelve people are dead.
That’s why it makes a lot of sense, as a precautionary measure, that the same newly remodeled Century 16 and XD theater the shooting occurred at will not play the upcoming “Joker” movie.
A Century Aurora and XD theater employee explained to The Hollywood Reporter that it is not showing the movie when it comes out on Oct. 4. A representative for Cinemark, the franchise behind the theater, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. However, there are no advance ticket sales or showtimes listed on the website for the theater.
Five family members of people killed or injured in the Aurora shooting recently sent a letter to Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff. In it, they voiced concerns about sympathetic portrayals of villains and asked the studio to help end gun violence.
The letter read, “We are calling on you to be a part of the growing chorus of corporate leaders who understand that they have a social responsibility to keep us all safe. Since the federal government has failed to pass reforms that raise the standard for gun ownership in America, large companies like Warner Brothers have a responsibility to act. We certainly hope that you do.”
The problem with that sentiment is that it’s not Warner Bros. responsibility. In this case, it would be all on the theaters to keep them safe.
But again, if something like this does happen they’ll point fingers at those who support the Second Amendment first and foremost.
They won’t blame the intense violent nature of the character that is clearly devoid of any mental health in the film. In one scene, a psychologist tells Joker that she’s dropping him as a client and he shakes his head saying, “you don’t listen, do you?”
But, yeah, it’s only those who support the Second Amendment’s fault, right?