‘Joker’ Movie Worries Families Of Mass Shooting Victims | NBC Nightly News


VIOLENCE AND FACING OUTRAGE FROM THE VICTIMS OF THE AURORA MOVIE THE VICTIMS OF THE AURORA MOVIE THEATER SHOOTING. THEATER SHOOTING. HERE IS STEVE PARTY ON. HERE IS STEVE PARTY ON.>>Reporter: IT IS A FILM>>Reporter: IT IS A FILM CREATING CRITICAL ACCLAIM AND CREATING CRITICAL ACCLAIM AND OSCAR BUZZ, ALONG WITH OSCAR BUZZ, ALONG WITH CONTROVERSY AND OUTRAGE. CONTROVERSY AND OUTRAGE. WARNER BROTHERS’ NEW FILM WARNER BROTHERS’ NEW FILM “JOKER” FEATURES A TWISTED TOUR “JOKER” FEATURES A TWISTED TOUR DE FORCE FROM JOAQUIN PHOENIX DE FORCE FROM JOAQUIN PHOENIX FROM A MAN SUFFERING FROM MENTAL FROM A MAN SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS TO RESORTS TO VIOLENCE. ILLNESS TO RESORTS TO VIOLENCE.>>THINK ABOUT WHO THIS COULD>>THINK ABOUT WHO THIS COULD AFFECT, WHAT COULD HAPPEN. AFFECT, WHAT COULD HAPPEN.>>Reporter: SANDY AND LONNIE>>Reporter: SANDY AND LONNIE PHILLIPS ARE LEADING A CHORUS OF PHILLIPS ARE LEADING A CHORUS OF GROWING VOICES AGAINST THE FILM. GROWING VOICES AGAINST THE FILM. THEIR DAUGHTER JESSICA WAS ONE THEIR DAUGHTER JESSICA WAS ONE OF 12 PEOPLE KILLED IN THE OF 12 PEOPLE KILLED IN THE AURORA THEATER MASSACRE DURING A AURORA THEATER MASSACRE DURING A SHOWING OF “THE DARK KNIGHT SHOWING OF “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.” RISES.” THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT THE THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT THE MESSAGE THE FILM SENDS AS WELL MESSAGE THE FILM SENDS AS WELL AS THE IMPACT IT COULD HAVE ON AS THE IMPACT IT COULD HAVE ON PEOPLE PERSONALLY AFFECTED BY PEOPLE PERSONALLY AFFECTED BY MASS SHOOTINGS. MASS SHOOTINGS.>>WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE>>WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE SUFFERING WITH PTSD AND A SUFFERING WITH PTSD AND A CORPORATION THAT IS MAKING MONEY CORPORATION THAT IS MAKING MONEY OFF GRATUITOUS VIOLENCE NEEDS TO OFF GRATUITOUS VIOLENCE NEEDS TO BE TAKING CARE OF SOCIETY AS BE TAKING CARE OF SOCIETY AS WELL. WELL.>>Reporter: THE PHILLIPS ARE>>Reporter: THE PHILLIPS ARE CALLING ON WARNER BROTHERS TO CALLING ON WARNER BROTHERS TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST GUN TAKE A STAND AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE WHILE THE LEAD ACTOR VIOLENCE WHILE THE LEAD ACTOR DEFENDED THE FILM IN AN DEFENDED THE FILM IN AN INTERVIEW WITH IGM. INTERVIEW WITH IGM.>>THEY DON’T THINK IT’S THE>>THEY DON’T THINK IT’S THE RESPONSIBILITY OF A FILMMAKER TO RESPONSIBILITY OF A FILMMAKER TO TEACH THE AUDIENCE MORALITY OR TEACH THE AUDIENCE MORALITY OR THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHT OR THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHT OR WRONG. WRONG.>>Reporter: TODAY WARNER>>Reporter: TODAY WARNER BROTHERS ACKNOWLEDGING GUN BROTHERS ACKNOWLEDGING GUN VIOLENCE IS A CRITICAL ISSUE, VIOLENCE IS A CRITICAL ISSUE, ADDING NEITHER THE FICTIONAL ADDING NEITHER THE FICTIONAL CHARACTER JOKER NOR THE FILM IS CHARACTER JOKER NOR THE FILM IS AN ENDORSEMENT OF REAL WORLD AN ENDORSEMENT OF REAL WORLD VIOLENCE OF ANY KIND. VIOLENCE OF ANY KIND. “JOKER” IS SLATED FOR RELEASE “JOKER” IS SLATED FOR RELEASE NEXT WEEK, BUT NOT AT THAT

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