Moviegoers head out to see 'Joker' despite warnings of possible threats

Moviegoers around New Jersey headed out to see “Joker” Friday, despite a warning by the FBI that the agency is investigating potential threats surrounding the movie.

News 12 Staff

Oct 4, 2019, 9:03 PM

Updated 1,690 days ago

Share:

Moviegoers around New Jersey headed out to see “Joker” Friday, despite a warning by the FBI that the agency is investigating potential threats surrounding the movie.
The FBI says that it is reviewing possible mass shooting threats that have surfaced online about the movie, which was largely filmed in Newark. Those threats referred to the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, at another Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
But movie fans in Newark said that they weren’t worried and enjoyed seeing parts of their city in “Joker.”
“Some areas I kind of recognized,” says Moses Griffin. “Penn Station and Halsey Street I recognized.”
But movie theaters across the country are taking precautions, just in case. AMC movie theaters banned customers from wearing masks, certain costumes and makeup after the 2012 shooting. Customers who spoke with News 12 New Jersey said that it was a good idea.
“It’s a good thing they take precautions. Makes people feel safer,” says Kazim Jones.
There are also some who are worried about the violence depicted in “Joker.” Some of the victims of the Aurora shooting called on the filmmakers to support gun reform. And others say they are worried that the story of “Joker” – an unstable man who turns to violence – will encourage others to do the same.
But “Joker” fans who saw the movie Friday afternoon tell News 12 that they think that instead of glorifying violence, the movie shines a light on mental illness. And others say that a movie about the Joker – an iconic supervillain character – should contain violence.
“It’s a form of art. You can’t blame the movie theaters for that. It’s one of the most famous comic book villains of all time and you want to be stingy on the violence of the Joker? Come on!” says Jeremiah Woolever of Wyoming.
News 12 reached out to the Newark Police Department about security since the movie is expected to bring large crowds this weekend. Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said, "We are always on high alert in our city. We are always vigilant about potential problems."
 


More from News 12
0:33
Monmouth County high school students may have had personal info stolen in data breach

Monmouth County high school students may have had personal info stolen in data breach

1:57
Taste of summer returns to New Jersey with highs in the mid-80s

Taste of summer returns to New Jersey with highs in the mid-80s

0:45
Manchester police: 2 men accused of burglarizing several businesses around New Jersey

Manchester police: 2 men accused of burglarizing several businesses around New Jersey

2:35
Ocean Grove temporarily allows Sunday morning beach access

Ocean Grove temporarily allows Sunday morning beach access

0:16
Krispy Kreme opening new location at the Jersey Shore

Krispy Kreme opening new location at the Jersey Shore

0:25
Prosecutors: 73-year-old man accused of murdering his wife in their Moorestown apartment

Prosecutors: 73-year-old man accused of murdering his wife in their Moorestown apartment

1:57
Peapack-Gladstone taking new steps to control geese problem

Peapack-Gladstone taking new steps to control geese problem

0:23
NJ Transit police save man from drowning in Hudson River with rescue ring buoys

NJ Transit police save man from drowning in Hudson River with rescue ring buoys

0:20
Prosecutor: Teen killed, another injured in shooting outside Trenton apartment

Prosecutor: Teen killed, another injured in shooting outside Trenton apartment

1:54
Best of New Jersey: A taste of Italy in Monmouth County at Limoncello at Piazza Di Roma

Best of New Jersey: A taste of Italy in Monmouth County at Limoncello at Piazza Di Roma

0:14
Prosecutor: Walk-in Camden hospital patient dies days after being shot

Prosecutor: Walk-in Camden hospital patient dies days after being shot

0:25
PBA: Millburn police officer killed in car crash

PBA: Millburn police officer killed in car crash

1:18
TGI Fridays in Brick Township among 36 across the US permanently closing

TGI Fridays in Brick Township among 36 across the US permanently closing

0:30
Jersey Proud: Hillside HS football team sorts food donations for those in need

Jersey Proud: Hillside HS football team sorts food donations for those in need

2:13
‘It’s our responsibility to tell their story.’ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall unveiled in Wayne Township

‘It’s our responsibility to tell their story.’ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall unveiled in Wayne Township

2:30
Roselle schools temporarily put on lockdown following reports of gunfire in the area

Roselle schools temporarily put on lockdown following reports of gunfire in the area

0:15
Officials: Single-engine plane crash-lands in Holland Township field

Officials: Single-engine plane crash-lands in Holland Township field

1:51
Officials: Train pulls down wires in Elizabeth, causing some power outages

Officials: Train pulls down wires in Elizabeth, causing some power outages

2:31
Prosecution focuses on Egyptian halal beef deal in Menendez’s bribery trial

Prosecution focuses on Egyptian halal beef deal in Menendez’s bribery trial

2:27
Advocates express concern as badly decomposed dolphin washes up in Long Branch

Advocates express concern as badly decomposed dolphin washes up in Long Branch