Comic book fans flocked to the theatres on Oct. 4 with the release of the new Joaquin Phoenix movie “Joker," but the Century Aurora and XD theatre in Aurora, Colorado did not show the movie, remembering not too long ago when twelve people were killed during a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” back in 2012.
The infamous Batman villain, Joker, is no stranger to obscene violence and the film “Joker” is no different, giving commentary on violence and moral ambiguity with the main character of Arthur Fleck as he commits violent acts against those who have wronged him.
Even when the trailer of the film was first released, family members of victims from the 2012 shooting stepped forward to ask Warner Bros. to support gun control, given the films heavy violence and connection with “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Todd Phillips’ “Joker” has been showing in theatres across the U.S., with a rise in security at many of the theatres as many moviegoers have been frightened of the possibility of other copycat criminals attacking during the film.
Zachary Brown, a junior film and creative writing major, went to see the movie on Oct. 6, despite his worries and the news reports on the potential gun violence at the showings of “Joker.”
“I was only nervous after being reminded of the anxiety surrounding the screenings. Although it didn’t hinder the movie-going experience for me after the film started because I forgot about it once I was engrossed in the film,” Brown said.
Taylor Langlais, a senior business administration major, went to see the film on Tuesday, Oct. 8 for the weekly $5 deal.
“I was really excited to see the new joker movie, but felt a little hesitant when I remembered the movie theatre shooting that happened a few years ago at a Batman movie,” Langlais said. “I was hoping there would be more security for this movie.”
Langlais said that there were two police cars outside of the theatre when there is normally only one. She said that one of the police officers stood outside the theatre doors.
“That made me feel a lot safer,” Langlais said.
Despite the higher security and ban of Joker costumes and masks during the film’s screenings, fans flock to the theatres to enjoy the comic book film. We can only hope that the theatres remain a violent-free zone and that people can enjoy the film without needing to worry for their own safety.