The New York City Police Department is planning to have an increased presence for the opening weekend of Joker, which will include the use of undercover police officers.
Deadline reports "a significant undercover detachment will also be deployed to make sure nothing untoward occurs inside cinemas in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island."
“This is 360-degree policing approach to ensure safety for ticket buyers in their seats, as well as on the streets,” a law enforcement official said. The source also added, “If something happens inside one of the screenings, we intend to be able to pacify the situation quickly and conclusively."
Earlier this week, a Texas-based movie theater chain announced that, in response to customer concerns over Joker, it will remain in contact with local law enforcement while increasing its own on-site security. Other theaters are also enacting new policies in response to the controversy, with other theater chains last weekend banning the use of weapons, masks and facial makeup at Joker screenings, with individual statements that they would similarly be in contact with local law enforcement. Landmark Theatres has gone a step further, banning customers and employees from wearing costumes to screenings outright due to security concerns.
“While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, the FBI is in touch with our law enforcement and private sector partners about the online posts,” an FBI spokesperson told Deadline. “As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activity to law enforcement.”
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.