The new psychological thriller Joker won the highest prize at the International Film Festival of Venice, the Golden Lion, when it had its world premiere at the end of August.
But in the aftermath of all the praise for the movie and star Joaquin Phoenix, there have also been a number of headlines that have questioned the violent nature of the story and its main character.
As a result of all recent media investigations, Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Hollywood studio behind Joker, limited access to the talent and filmmakers during the American premiere in Hollywood & # 39; s famous TCL Chinese Theater on Saturday.
Important move: Warner Bros. Entertainment has limited access to talent and film makers on Saturday during the American premiere at the famous TCL Chinese Theater of Hollywood
& # 39; Our red carpet consists of photographers only, & # 39; said a spokesperson for the studio Variety, while referring to the move was due to all press about the criticism of the violence.
& # 39; A lot has been said about Joker and we think it's time for people to see the movie. & # 39;
In short, that translates to no access to the stars on the red carpet for journalists in print and television.
Among the stars expected to attend the American premiere include: Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, who plays his love interest Sophie Dumond, and Francis Conroy, who portrays the ailing mother Penny of Arthur Fleck, along with film director Todd Phillips .
The reasoning: of the media limitations, a spokesperson for the studio said: & Much has been said about Joker and we think it's time for people to see the movie & # 39;
Top notch: Phoenix has received praise for his imagination from Arthur Fleck, a mentally ill and impoverished stand-up comedian who transforms into the crazy Joker
Some of the concerns that have arisen since the debut in Venice are focused on how the film portrays the transformation from Fleck to the mass-killing Joker, and that it paints him sympathetically.
Earlier this week, Phillips said it was not fair to link the Joker to realistic violence.
In the same interview, he wondered why the John Wick franchise, with all its non-stop violence, did not receive the same criticism as its film.
& # 39; The film is still set in a fictional world. It may have real-world implications, opinions, but it's a fictional character in a fictional world that has been around for 80 years, & Phillips told the AP.
That raises the real-life safety concerns about Joker: the thriller is the sequel to 2012 & # 39; s The Dark Knight Rises, which was also praised for its performances with Heath Leger as the Joker and Christian Bale as Batman.
Star power: Joaquin Phoenix is expected to be on Saturday at the American premiere in Hollywood; he is depicted on a special screech in London, England on Thursday, September 25
His opinion on the controversy: Joker-writer-director Todd Phillips (left) defended the film and said it was not fair to link the Joker to realistic violence
But then the tragedy struck on July 20, 2012, when James Holmes stormed into a theater midnight and showed the superhero classic in Aurora, Colorado, tear gas left and the audience started shooting.
In the end, 12 people were killed and 70 others were injured, 58 of them from gunfire.
After the bloody massacre, security in cinemas was increased for fear of copycat crimes.
The same fears are now in play for Joker & # 39; s run in theaters.
Security considerations: Joker is the successor to The Dark Night Rises from 2012, which had undergone a midnight screening of the film in Aurora, Colorado; a shooter rushed in with tear gas and started shooting at the audience
The fool: James Holmes killed 12 people and injured 70 others during his bloody massacre
Landmark Theaters, which has 52 theaters in 27 markets, will ban all costumes, masks, face paint and props associated with the new Joker film during the theatrical run.
Meanwhile, the US military confirmed that it had sent a memo that had been obtained by CNN to commanders in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, about the possible targeting of a theater during the release of the film.
With all this in mind, both the US Army and the Los Angeles Police Department will be very alert as a precaution.
& # 39; We are currently unaware of any information that indicates a specific, credible threat to a particular location or location, & # 39; said Chris Gray, a spokesperson for the American CID.
Joker plays in the United States on October 4.
Comes: Joker comes to the US theaters on October 4
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