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Joaquin Phoenix (centre) changed into once at the film’s premiere at the Venice Film Competition

Households of those killed whereas staring at a Batman film in 2012 be pleased written to Warner Bros with concerns in regards to the unique Joker film and urging the studio to be a a part of movement in opposition to gun violence.

Twelve contributors died in a cinema showing The Murky Knight Rises in Colorado.

They incorporated Jessica Ghawi, 24, whose mother Sandy Phillips knowledgeable BBC News she changed into once „worried“ by the Joker trailers.

Warner Bros mentioned the film – which stars Joaquin Phoenix – changed into once now not an endorsement of real-world violence.

Phoenix walked out of a recent interview when requested in regards to the realm.

Sandy Phillips and her husband, Lonnie, who flee Survivors Empowered, an anti-gun violence neighborhood, wrote to Warner Bros alongside with three others whose family had been killed, injured or caught up in the 2012 shooting.

Talking to BBC News, Mrs Phillips mentioned: „After I first saw the trailers of the film, I changed into once absolutely worried.

„After which once I dug a runt deeper and stumbled on out that it had such pointless violence in the film, it fine chilled me to my bones.

„It fine makes me indignant that a significant movement listing company is now not taking accountability and doesn’t be pleased the realm of the general public the least bit.“

The households‘ letter mentioned: „When we realized that Warner Bros changed into once releasing a film called Joker that gifts the character as a protagonist with a sympathetic foundation memoir, it gave us pause.

„We make stronger your actual kind to free speech and free expression. But as somebody who has ever viewed a silly book book film can repeat you: with wide energy comes wide accountability. That’s why we’re calling on you to make spend of your huge platform and influence to be a a part of us in our fight to originate safer communities with fewer guns.“

The letter requested the studio to lobby for gun reform, benefit fund survivor funds and gun violence intervention schemes, and live political contributions to candidates who settle on money from the National Rifle Affiliation.

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The film depicts the disturbing transformation of clown and comedian Arthur Fleck

In its response, the studio mentioned it has „a long history of donating to victims of violence“, in conjunction with the 2012 cinema shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

It added: „Bear no mistake: neither the fictional character Joker, nor the film, is an endorsement of real-world violence of any kind. It’s now not the plot of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to aid this character up as a hero.“

Joker, which is released in the US on 4 October, has obtained rave stories and has been tipped for Oscar nominations, however is additionally stirring controversy for its portrayals of mental illness and violence. It reveals the foundation memoir of Batman’s nemesis.

Time magazine’s Stephanie Zacharek mentioned it changed into once guilty of „aggressive and presumably irresponsible idiocy“, whereas Selection’s reviewer Owen Gleiberman mentioned the film „does one thing that flirts with possibility – it offers tainted a clown-conceal makeover, turning it into the sickest imaginable secure of frigid“.

IndieWire’s critic David Ehrlich wrote that there had been „moments of ugly violence“, and that the „memoir can now not benefit however in actuality feel aspirational“.

Phoenix, who plays the title characteristic, left an interview with the Telegraph when he changed into once requested if he changed into once worried that the film might maybe live wide awake animated the secure of people it be about, with potentially tragic results. He later returned, explaining that he changed into once thrown since the quiz hadn’t crossed his mind.

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Media captionThe family‘ allure comes seven years after the cinema shooting in Aurora

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