One of the most anticipated comic book films of the year is the upcoming Joker movie. The movie is not only a major event for fans of DC and the iconic Batman villain, but it’s already been receiving near universal acclaim for those lucky enough to have already seen it. Of course, as these types of psychological films tend to do, there has been some controversy generated by the contents of the film.
The upcoming Joker film is taking a unique twist with traditional Batman lore, by depicting Joker as a deranged maniac forged by the corruption of society in Gotham. Because of the current climate in America, however, some people are worried that the proposed similarities in the Joker movie will incite similar acts of violence in real life.
While it is sometimes silly to assume that a movie based on a Batman villain of all things will incite real world violence, it’s not that far-fetched of a concept. We’ve already had a shooting in 2012 during a theater showing of The Dark Knight Rises. The shooter was James Eagan Holmes, who told police he was the Joker himself after being taken into custody.
As such, this Joker movie controversy does have merit. But I think it’s safe to say that if people are deranged enough to do these horrible acts in the first place, then the release of the film or lack thereof probably does not matter.
If anything, this might be the type of movie to possess the social commentary required for positive conversation and constructive criticism regarding crime and violence. And in that context, I’d consider this film a good thing.
In the new Joker movie…
Failed comedian Arthur Fleck encounters violent thugs while wandering the streets of Gotham City dressed as a clown. Disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow dissent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.
Joker hits theaters on October 4, 2019.
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