Joker might have been bathing in stellar reviews after its global premiere at this year's Venice International Film Festival, but the film's also been suffering from a cloud of controversy following the movie.
There's been a growing concern over the film's potential to spark violence among viewers with the same mindset and personality as Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur Fleck. Victims of the Aurora Dark Knight Rises shootings in 2012 have written a letter to Warner Brothers expressing their concern. The military has reported at least one case of a credible and potential threat of mass shootings. The FBI has been looking at social media posts made about Joker for security and surveillance. The New York Police Department has promised to patrol Joker screenings in New York during the film's premiere night to make sure that no acts of violence occur in cinemas.
Now, AMC is also taking precaution of its own, putting up disclaimers warning parents that Joker has a very intense subject matter. The theater chain emphasizes the reasons why the MPAA branded the movie as an R-rated film that restricts audiences to 17 or above.
"This is not your typical comic book film and is only intended for mature audiences," the theater chain warns in its post. "MPAA Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language, and brief sexual images."
The disclaimer underlines that those who are "under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian."
Looks like AMC won't take any chance of seeing children watching the film and not being able to properly process what they've seen.
Joker is currently screening in cinemas.