Todd Phillips has come out swinging in defense of his new film Joker, amid the fear that the depiction of a corrupt murderer could lead to real violence.
In an interview with The wrap, which took place on September 20 and was published on Wednesday, mocked the director with such suggestions and said he believes that people are just looking for something to be angry about, because & # 39; indignation has become a commodity & # 39; in American society.
& # 39; I think it is something that has been a commodity for a while, & # 39; Phillips mused during his conversation with the publication.
Joker – a psychological thriller that traces the origins of Batman's nemesis while becoming a corrupt assassin – is scheduled for national release on October 4.
But before it even hit cinemas, the film has already been criticized by some critics, as well as Twitter users, for the display of rifle violence.
Phillips told The Wrap that he believes such criticism comes from & # 39; extreme left & # 39; that start to sound the same as conservatives when they complain about & # 39; immoral & # 39; films made by Hollywood.
& # 39; What strikes me particularly in this discourse … is how easily the extreme left can sound like the extreme right when it suits their agenda. It really was an opening for me, & he said.
Todd Phillips has come out swinging in defense of his new film Joker, amid the fear that the depiction of a corrupt murderer could lead to real violence
Joker – a psychological thriller that traces the origins of Batman's nemesis while becoming a corrupt assassin – is set for national release on October 4. Joaquin Phoenix is depicted in the titular role
However, it is not only indignant social media users who have expressed concern before the release of Joker.
In an official e-mail sent on September 18, the army warned its servants that there is potential for a massive shooting to open fire at a screening of the Warner Bros. film.
The warning was issued after intelligence officials at the FBI discovered messages on social media in which violence by & # 39; incels & # 39; was promoted – an online group of & # 39; involuntary celibate & # 39; men.
Army officers claimed that incels & # 39; also the Joker character, the violent clown from the Batman series, idolized his admiration as a man who must pretend to be happy, but eventually fight back against bullies & # 39 ;, said Gizmodo.
In the memo of September 18, the army warned the service members to be aware of their environment and to identify & # 39; two escape routes & # 39; when entering theaters. If a shooting should break out, they are warned to run, hide, and fight & # 39 ;.
James Holmes opened fire in a cinema in Aurora, Colorado in 2012, killing 12 people and injuring 70
On Monday, the military said they & # 39; credible & # 39; receiving intelligence from an attack in the cinema in an unknown theater in Texas.
Army Criminal Investigation Division officials said they & # 39; credible & # 39; had received information from the Texas police about & # 39; disturbing and very specific conversations & # 39; on the dark web about & # 39; pointing at an unknown cinema during the release & # 39 ;.
The FBI said they are in contact with police and private partners about the online messages.
The warning comes in the midst of heightened concern about the film, following a mass recording on a 2012 screening of The Dark Knight Rises, which also featured the Joker character.
James Holmes opened fire in a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 70. After the shooting, it was said that Holmes was inspired by the Joker.
Relatives of the victims in those recordings sent a letter to Warner Bros CEO Ann Sarnoff about the film, fearing that the film could encourage more mass shooters.
In an official email sent on September 18, the army warned its servants that there is potential for a massive shooting to open fire at a screening of the Warner Bros. film.
& # 39; We call on you to be part of the growing choir of business leaders who understand that they have a social responsibility to keep us all safe & # 39 ;, said the letter. The new Joker film is not shown in the Colorado theater where the recordings took place.
Warner bros. responded Tuesday in a statement: “Violence against us in our society is a critical issue and we express our deepest condolences to all the victims and families affected by these tragedies. Our company has a long history of donating to victims of violence, including Aurora, and in recent weeks our parent company has joined other business leaders to call on policymakers to adopt bi-partisan legislation to address this epidemic.
& # 39; At the same time, Warner Bros. believes that one of the functions of storytelling is to provoke difficult conversations about complex issues. Make no mistake: neither the fictional character Joker nor the film is a confirmation of any violence in the real world. It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero. & # 39;
Director Todd Phillips is shown with actor Joaquin Phoenix at a screening of Joker in London on Tuesday evening
In addition to defending Joker in his interview with The Wrap, Phillips was also in the film last week while he talked to IGN.
& # 39; The film makes statements about a lack of love, childhood trauma, lack of compassion in the world. I think people can handle that message, & Phillips said.
He added: & # 39; For me, art can be complicated and often art is meant as complicated. If you want straightforward art, you may want calligraphy, but filmmaking will always be a complicated art & # 39 ;.
Joaquin Phoenix – who plays the lead in the film – also said to IGN: & # 39; I don't think it's a filmmaker's responsibility to learn the morality of the audience or the difference between right and wrong & # 39 ;.
Joaquin Phoenix – who plays the lead in the film – told IGN: & # 39; I don't think it's a filmmaker's responsibility to learn the morality of the audience or the difference between right and wrong & # 39;
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