Joker: US police ban costumes, masks inside theatres; step up security as film releases

Joker which features its protagonist as a bullied loner turning to violence has sparked fears among US citizens and authorities of a repeat of the 2012 deadly mass shooting.
joker,Hollywood,Joaquin PhoenixThe measures were implemented in the wake of the 2012 Colorado shooting which took place inside a packed theatre during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.
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Police across US cities were on alert and stepped up security as director Todd Philips' Joker released on 4 October in the US. The measures were implemented in the wake of the 2012 Colorado shooting which took place inside a packed theatre during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. 'Joker' which features its protagonist as a bullied loner turning to violence has sparked fears among US citizens and authorities of a repeat of the 2012 deadly mass shooting.

Starring Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role, the movie has largely gained terrific reviews. Critics have called it a brilliant but terrifying performance as a mentally unhinged outcast who finds fame through an act of violence. To take safety measures, the US police have banned costumes and face masks. Alamo Drafthouse cinema group warned parents not to bring their children in various multiplexes.  

According to a report in Reuters, police in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago said in statements that while they had no specific threats, they were deploying additional officers or closely monitoring movie theatres where the film is playing. Officers in plainclothes will also be stationed inside cinema theatres. 

On Wednesday night, heavy security was witnessed at the screening of 'Joker' at the New York Film Festival. As per the report, audiences had their bags searched and K9 officers were on duty, video footage showed. 

Joker released in India on October 2 and has opened to a decent response. The film has faced strong competition from Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff's War but is expected to pick up over the weekend. 

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