Joker movie controversy
Joker movie controversy

On Thursday, a theater in Huntington Beach showing Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker was temporarily closed after a credible threat was reported to the police.

Joker has stirred a lot of controversy for its take on a disturbed loner graduating to serial killer, only to be elevated to the stature of Gotham’s most infamous villain. In fact, that story premise generated big fears that Joker could trigger America’s next mass shooting attack. Those fears prompted strong backlash from various advocacy groups while stirring a public discourse on whether or not a movie (about a comic book villain, at that) should be held accountable for real-life violence.

The Century Huntington Beach and XD theater in Huntington Beach, California was forced to close Thursday after it received what police perceived to be a credible threat. Officers came to the scene around 5 p.m., and all remaining film showings were stopped after 7 p.m. The nature of the threat has reportedly not yet been made clear, but showings are seemingly set to resume today, with Joker showings still listed throughout the day.

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Here is the official synopsis for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker:

Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.

Joker will be released in theaters on October 4, 2019.

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