The new “Joker” movie hit theaters last night, and with this weekends release, there’s been concern about potential threats at theaters across the nation.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said there will be extra patrols out at theaters, because of the movies violent nature.
The 2019 Joker movie is getting ready to debut in theaters, but it has caused quite a nationwide controversy already.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the LAPD will increase its presence around theaters during the week that the film opens. In a statement, the LAPD stated that while there are no credible threats in the Los Angeles area, they will maintain high visibility on opening day, and that they are aware of public concerns and the historical significance associated with the film’s premiere.
According to CNN, The U.S Army has also confirmed that it sent out a memo to commanders in Fort Still, Oklahoma about a potential threat that was found on the dark web about the possible target of a theater during its release.
Meanwhile, Landmark Theaters has extended its ban on masks and toy weapons to include all costumes while the film is still in theaters.
In addition, according to The Hollywood Reporter, some family members and friends of those who saw or were killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting sent a letter to Warner Bros., encouraging them to use their platform to combat gun violence and help build safer communities. In a statement, Warner Bros. states that gun violence is a “critical issue”, and at the same time, that neither the fictional Joker character, nor the film “is an endorsement of real world violence of any kind.” They also stated that its not their intention to “hold this character up as a hero.”
Despite the groups desire not to halt the showing of the film, the Aurora Police Department confirms reports that there are no show times scheduled at the Century Aurora and XD theater for the movie , but that they will still provide “enhanced security” there.
Joker hits theaters October 4th.