It was obvious right from the start that Joker would be a controversial film. After all, it has nothing to do with the DC supervillain's comic book origins and Batman isn't even part of the story (sort of). But is it too violent for audiences? Some people are reportedly walking out of theaters as the movie has too much violence and seems to promote gun use.
A report from The Daily Mail reveals that people are already tweeting about their disgust for the Joaquin Phoenix film. Some claim that it is "too terrifying" while others are begging that the Todd Phillips movie should be banned.
Just saw The Joker Movie™️ I could not finish it and had to walk out midway through the film, what I could like to know @jokermovie is why is there a scene of the Joker saying the n word for a minute straight ? I am disgusted and shaking— Thomas (@SenpaiTom) October 4, 2019
I’m watching Joker with my brother and sister in law but I needed to find an excuse to walk out for a second cuz this movie has made me the most uncomfortable I’ve ever been at a theater in years— ? #1 susie fan ? (@masterbunne) October 4, 2019
Joker movie is soooo good but so fucked at the same time. I was legit about to walk out the cinema. It was so brutal... lots of triggers as well so pls be ready. If you're not comfortable, it's better to go out of the theater right away— Irisse (@xxirisse) October 5, 2019
But maybe it wasn't really the film that people were so worried about? Several tweets also expressed concern about shady audience members as well as the sheer number of police officers around the movie theaters.
Lol. So I walk in the theater room to see Joker and everyone is scoping out everyone as they walk in.— Davon (@MagicDavon) October 3, 2019
And of course I walk out of “Joker” to the sight of armed cops right outside. What THEE fuck.— Rebecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) October 4, 2019
Joker (2019) made me feel like i was going to walk out of the theatre and get shot— Ryan mead (@ryan_meadd) October 5, 2019
It was previously reported that the FBI is already monitoring any Joker-related threats being issued ahead of the film's premiere this week.
"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," the FBI said in a statement. "As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activity to law enforcement."
Although people might be walking out of theaters, that doesn't mean that Joker is losing in the box office. The film earned $13.3 million domestically on Thursday night alone and is well on its way to taking in about $100 million on its opening weekend.
Joker is currently screening in theaters worldwide.