The Los Angeles Police Department will not be implementing higher security measures for the Joker premiere.
In response to potential safety concerns, with measures like makeup and costume bans being taken, Los Angeles police have determined there is no reason to respond with additional security. "No credible threats at this time, but we are going to closely monitor what’s going on," LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein said in an official statement to The Wrap.
Joker, the upcoming supervillain drama from Warner Brothers, has not yet been released in general theaters but has already been a controversial subject. The film has garnered criticism for its violent content, dark themes and broad cultural associations between the eponymous Clown Prince of Crime and real-life criminals. The group Guns Down America, consisting of families of victims of the 2012 shooting during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises, sent a letter to Warner Brothers pleading for donation to gun violence charities out of concern that the character's sympathetic portrayal may yet inspire violence.
The studio itself released a letter in response the following day."Our company has a long history of donating to victims of violence, including Aurora, and in recent weeks, our parent company joined other business leaders to call on policymakers to enact bipartisan legislation to address this epidemic." The letter said "At the same time, Warner Bros. believes that one of the functions of storytelling is to provoke difficult conversations around complex issues." The letter goes on to specify that the film in no way condones or endorses violence, echoing similar sentiments expressed by the film's director and even the star.
Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais and Shea Whigham. The film arrives in theaters Oct. 4.