Warner Bros. Entertainment has restricted access for print and broadcast journalists from the red carpet at the upcoming U.S. premiere of Todd Phillips’ “Joker” taking place tonight at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre.
Photographers will be allowed access to talent and filmmakers including Philips, Joaquin Phoenix, and supporting stars like Zazie Beetz and Frances Conroy reports The Playlist.
That’s not the only restriction that has gone into place as the film nears release this coming Friday. Cinema chain Landmark is prohibiting costume play based on the character, while Regal Cinemas has released a statement saying they will “take every measure necessary to make sure everyone is safe” even as they “do not believe the content or the existence of any movie is a cause or a signal for violence”.
In addition, the Los Angeles Police Department has stated it will increase its visibility at area theatres even as they’ve indicated they have not received any specific threats about the movie.
The minor hysteria follows week of headlines about the film’s dark and provocative nature whilst also becoming, much like “Rambo: Last Blood” did the other week, the latest film being used as a political football – not helped by Phillips himself whose comments to The Wrap amongst other outlets are fuelling the right vs. left bickering.
“Joker” opens in cinemas on October 4th.