Family members of those killed in the mass shooting at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, signed a letter to Warner Bros. voicing concerns over Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker.
Director Todd Phillips’ Joker became an early awards season contender after receiving widespread acclaim during its screenings at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. However, more than a few moviegoers have expressed concerns over real-world implications of Joker, particularly due to similarities between Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck and many of the mass shooters in recent years.
Now, some survivors and family members of those who were murdered in the 2012 Aurora Cinemark theater shooting have signed a letter expressing concerns over Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker and asking Warner Bros. to make donations to groups that aid victims of gun violence. A copy of the letter to Warner Bros. was shared with The Hollywood Reporter and a portion of it reads as follows:
“We are calling on you to be a part of the growing chorus of corporate leaders who understand that they have a social responsibility to keep us all safe.”
The letter points out the similarities between Joaquin Phoenix’s version of the Joker and the man who murdered 12 people and injured 70 in the Aurora shooting, who is described in the message to Warner Bros. as “a socially isolated individual who felt ‘wronged’ by society”:
“As a result, we have committed ourselves to ensuring that no other family ever has to go through the absolute hell we have experienced and the pain we continue to live with. Trust us, it does not go away.”
The letter, which was addressed to newly-appointed Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff, is not seeking to prevent the release of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker or boycott the film. Instead, it urges Warner Bros. to “end political contributions to candidates who take money from the NRA and vote against gun reform” and use its influence to lobby Congress for gun reform.
The letter to Warner Bros. was signed by five family members of victims. A Warner Bros. spokesperson reportedly stated the studio had not read the letter, adding “We cannot comment on a letter we have not seen.”
Here is the official synopsis for Joker:
Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fracturedsociety. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.
Joker will be released in theaters on October 4, 2019.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Henry Cavill’s ‘The Witcher’ Debuts New Poster & First Look Photos
Netflix has released a brand new poster for the Henry Cavill series The Witcher along with a slew of first look photos.
A stunning poster for the upcoming Netflix series The Witcher made its debut this morning, featuring Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. In addition, Netflix also dropped the first official photos of Anya Cholatra as Yennefer and Freya Allan as Ciri as well as two more stills that offer fans a fresh look at Geralt.
You can check out the poster below and the new photos in the gallery by clicking "Next."
Based on the fantasy series of novels and short stories by Andrzej Sapkowski, Netflix’s The Witcher will follow the monster slayer for hire named Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill). Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich will also serve as an executive producer on the series while Alik Sakharov, Alex Garcia Lopez and Charlotte Brändström are on board as directors for the eight-episode first season.
Here is the official synopsis for The Witcher:
Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allan as Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson as Eist, Adam Levy as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as Aretuza, and Millie Brady as Princess Renfri, with Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read as novice sorcerers.
The Witcher will be available on Netflix in late 2019. Stay tuned for the latest updates on the upcoming Netflix series.