Photo credit: Joaquin Phoenix at the Los Angeles premiere of “Joker” at TCL Chinese Theatre. Jordan Strauss/AP
According to department officials, New York City’s police will offer “360-degree policing” for the upcoming opening weekend of Warner Bros/Todd Phillips’ film The Joker. (The film opens Thursday in many venues.) The use of “360” means both undercover and openly placed police patrols will be active.
The Joker – starring Joaquin Phoenix – will be screened Wednesday, October 2nd, at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall during the New York Film Festival; officers have been instructed to cover the screening, various sources said. Warner Bros. has limited press at both the LA and New York openings to photography only. Phoenix walked out of an interview the the UK-paper The Telegraph when asked whether if he thought particular scenes in the film “might perversely end up inspiring exactly the kind of people it’s about, with potentially tragic results”.
The Gizmodo website reported that the U.S. military warned service members in a September 18th email about the potential for a mass shooter at screenings of the film.
The U.S. Army confirmed that the warning was distributed after social media posts related to extremists classified as “incels” were uncovered by FBI officials. (As per Wikipedia, incels or “involuntary celibates” are members of an online subculture who define themselves as unable to find a romantic or sexual partner.)
Mid-size theater chain Landmark is prohibiting costume play based on Phoenix’s turn as the iconic Batman villain, according to Variety.
For a full report, Dominic Patten of the Deadline offers one take on our “new normal” for films that contain certain types or styles of violence.