New Movie Raises Concerns About Gun Violence


Zoey McCarty, Staff Writer

The sound of gunfire, screams from people running for their lives and bodies lying between the rows of theater seats, lifeless, pierced with bullets from the gun of a man with a dangerous man with deadly vendetta to execute. On July 20, 2012 an exciting opening night of The Dark Knight Rises ended in tragedy with innocent lives taken away forever.

It was just announced by Warner Bros. Entertainment that a new movie called “Joker” will be released on Oct. 4 starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Todd Philips. It has already stirred a lot of Oscars Buzz, but came under fire from many critics. People are worried that “Joker” might provoke gun violence tempting copycats looking for limelight by replicating 2012 Aurora shooting

“We want to be clear that we support your right to free speech and free expression. But as anyone who has ever seen a comic book movie can tell you: with great power comes great responsibility,” said Sandy Philips, the mom of Jessica Ghawi who died from the Aurora Shooting.

“Joker” already has already garnered so much apprehension from the public if the movie should be released in theaters because of the sensitive subject of gun violence from past incidents. Now the Director, Todd Philips, defends himself and movie in a statement to release it on time to theaters.

“I literally described to Joaquin (Phoenix) at one point in those three months as like, ‘Look at this as a way to sneak a real movie in the studio system under the guise of a comic book film.’ It wasn’t, ‘We want to glorify this behavior.’ It was literally like, ‘Let’s make a real movie with a real budget and we’ll call it (expletive) Joker.’ That’s what it was,” said Philips.

In Aurora, it was just announced that the city will not show the thriller “Joker” in theaters because of the tragedy of the The Dark Knight Rises shooting in 2012 and because of the concerns from the people that the movie will provoke violence again and cause a threat to the public.

“Things like this can trigger many emotions and we urge you to see help if needed. We too are here for you if you need someone to talk to,” said The Aurora Police Department.

Controversy and debate have plague or doomed  “Joker” even before its release to theaters next month. Now people want Warner Bros. Entertainment and the people behind the movie to take responsibility for their actions for the movie.

“We are calling on you to be a part of the growing chorus of corporate leaders who understand that they have a social responsibility to keep us all safe, reads the letter from families of the Aurora Shooting, said Sandy Philips.