Security, NY incident leave some unsettled after ‘Joker’


This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from “Joker,” in theaters on Oct. 4. (Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)


Going to see the movie “Joker” has been an unsettling experience for some people on its opening weekend.

A young man who was loudly cheering and applauding on-screen murders sent some people heading toward exits in a crowded theater in New York’s Times Square on Friday night.

And social media users are posting photos of security precautions and safety warnings at other cinemas. A Tennessee drive-in banned patrons from wearing costumes to see “Joker.”

Some fear the intense movie could inspire violence, particularly after a mass shooting killed 12 at a Colorado theater during a screening of another Batman movie in 2012.

The FBI told local police agencies to monitor potentially threatening online posts related to the movie.

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