The “Joker” hit movie theaters this week despite a wave of criticism that it glorifies a killer and could encourage copycat attacks nationwide.
The movie featuring Joaquin Phoenix is about a marginalized clown that goes on a killing rampage. The story’s told in a manner that seeks to evoke empathy without rooting for him.
It takes place in 1981 and tells the backstory of Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who finds salvation by turning to murder in Gotham City. Even before its release, Warner Bros faced protests from the families of mass shooting victims who feared it would lead to violence or copycat attacks.
Heightened concern about the movie’s premiere grew because of the 2012 mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater on the opening night of “The Dark Knight Rises” — another Batman movie. That attack left 12 people dead and dozens wounded at a midnight showing.
Phoenix defended the movie amid the controversy. The Joker’s portrayal of the character is meant to provoke, he said. “I think it’s really good … when movies make us uncomfortable or challenge us or make us think differently.”
The release of the movie forced many states in the U.S. to take abundance security measures after online threats called for mass shootings at movie showings.
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