Joker movie concerns

In 2012, a person who dyed his hair and referred to himself as “the Joker” walked into a theater in Aurora, Colorado and murdered twelve moviegoers with a gun during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

(Update: Apparently the whole “Joker” connection to the shooter stemmed from this ABC News article, which I thought was legitimate but may have been inaccurate.)

Now, as Todd Phillips‘ new Joker film is about to hit theaters, the families and friends of those victims are calling on Warner Bros. to take action. But they’re not calling for a boycott or a ban of the new movie – instead, they want WB to lobby for gun reform in America.

Plus, Phillips and star Joaquin Phoenix have responded to a question about the film’s ability to incite violence. Learn more below.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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