The studio behind Joker has denied that the film paints its murderous outcast as a hero. This came in the wake of families of victims of a 2012 mass shooting, at a movie theatre in the US, penned an open letter expressing concern over the violence in the trailer.
The statement by the studio read: “It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero.”
The much-hyped Joaquin Phoenix-starrer has raised concerns that its depiction of mental illness and violence could prove incendiary.
Its release next month comes seven years after a man opened fire in a movie theatre, showing a The Dark Knight Rises (2012), killing 12 and wounding 70.
The families have asked the studio to donate to gun control causes, reported Fox News.