The Los Angeles police department announced Friday that it would increase its presence around movie theaters projecting the next week the film Joker , in the heart of a controversy raising fears of to some the possibility of acts of violence in the margins of the sessions. In the night from 19 to 20 July 2012, a man dressed as a Joker had opened fire on the audience, in a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, on the occasion of the premiere of the film The Dark Knight Rises .
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“The Los Angeles police department is aware of the concerns of the public and of the historical impact associated with the release of Joker . Although there is no plausible threat in the Los Angeles area, the police will maintain high visibility around the cinemas at the time of exit,” said a spokesperson of the police. “We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy leisure activities the city has to offer this weekend,” added Rosie Cervantes, while calling the public to be vigilant with is usually to bet.
For their part, the cinemas, Landmark stated, “there is no mask, makeup or costume” is not accepted in their rooms, pointed out the Guardian. AMC Theatres, largest chain of cinemas in the United States, has announced “work with the forces of order” to allow members to wear costumes. On the other hand, the masks and makeup, as well as “any object that is hiding the face, arms, or objects that interfere with other spectators” will be banned.
on Tuesday, five members of the families of victims of the shooting in Aurora, when a young 24-year old man had shot and killed twelve people, published Tuesday an open letter to the studio Warner, who produced Joker . They express their concern at the idea that a movie can showcase a character like the Joker, which featured in the feature film-Batman, The Dark Knight Rises .
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Golden Lion at the Venice film Festival, Joker evokes the transformation of a comedian depressive mistreated by the company, taking finally his own destiny to become the character scheming and violent, which eventually will be the archenemy of Batman. In their letter, the families noted that the shootings, Aurora, in 2012, was “perpetrated by an individual socially isolated, who felt “injured” by the company”.
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“It is not in the intentions of the film, those who made it or the studio to present this character as a hero”, had replied to Warner Bros about Joker .
in the Face of this controversy, the studio announced Friday that it would restrict the access of the press at the red carpet scheduled for this weekend in Hollywood for the presentation of the film. Only photographers will be allowed to approach the actors and the film team, but not the written press or audiovisual.
“a Lot of things have been said about Joker , and we have the impression that it is time that people see the film,” said a spokesman for Warner Bros.