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(CNN) - Both the US Army as the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will be on alert, and a chain of theaters has banned all costumes during the screening of the movie Joker ( Joker).
The film will hit theaters next week, and many remember what happened in 2012 in Colorado during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in which there was mass shooting.
The Los Angeles Police Department announced that agents will have "high visibility" in theaters during Joker projections.
Meanwhile, the US Army He confirmed that he had sent a memo obtained by CNN to the commanders in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, about a possible violent threat discovered in a dark web discussion about the possible attack on a theater during the movie's premiere.
The office of the Fort Sill Criminal Investigation Command "did it as a precaution to help keep our soldiers and their families safe," said Chris Gray, spokesman for the US Department of Criminal Investigation.
"At this time, we are not aware of any information that indicates a specific and credible threat to a particular place or place," he said.
LAPD asks residents to remain vigilant
The dark theme of the film that had a budget of US $ 55 million, whose plot is the emergence of Batman's nemesis, has invoked memories of a mass shooting in which 12 people died and 70 were injured in a midnight projection of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012.
Los Angeles police said in a statement to CNN that they are aware of the public concerns surrounding the premiere of the Joker .
"While there are no credible threats in the Los Angeles area, the Department will maintain high visibility in theaters when it opens," said the Los Angeles Police Department. “We encourage everyone to go out and enjoy all the weekend leisure activities that the city has to offer. However, the Angels must remain vigilant and always be attentive to their surroundings. As always, if you see something, say something. ”
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Prohibition of disguise, an unprecedented decision
Meanwhile, Landmark Theaters, which owns 52 theaters in 27 markets, has extended its ban on masks and toy weapons to include all costumes during the Joker theater screening. The company declined to comment on its operating procedures, but the policy specifically mentions the film.
“We want all our guests to enjoy Joker for the cinematic achievement that it is. But no masks, painted faces or costumes will be allowed in our theaters, ”the company said in a statement included at the bottom of the page for early purchase of tickets on the Landmark website.
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They ask Warner Bros. to take a stand on armed violence
Earlier this week, relatives and friends of loved ones who were witnesses or killed in the shooting of Aurora asked Warner Bros., the distributor of the film, to help combat armed violence.
In a letter to the executive director of Warner Bros., Ann Sarnoff, and obtained by CNN, five relatives and friends of the victims of the shooting at the theater asked the studio to “use its massive platform and influence to join us in our struggle to build safer communities with fewer guns. ” (Warner Bros., like CNN, is owned by WarnerMedia).
“In recent weeks, large American companies, from Walmart to CVS, have announced that they will act on firearms security. We ask you to be part of the growing chorus of corporate leaders who understand that they have a social responsibility to keep us all safe, ”says the letter.
The letter asked executives to end political contributions to candidates who take money from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and who vote against arms reform; to actively push for arms reform and make contributions to groups that support survivors and aim to reduce armed violence.
In a statement, the Warner Bros. study acknowledged that armed violence is "a critical issue."
"Armed violence in our society is a critical issue, and we extend our deepest sympathy to all victims and families affected by these tragedies," the statement said. "Our company has a long history of donations to victims of violence, including Aurora, and in recent weeks, our parent company has joined other business leaders to ask policy makers to enact bipartisan laws to address this epidemic."
The statement adds: “At the same time, Warner Bros. believes that one of the functions of the stories is to provoke difficult conversations about complex issues. Make no mistake: neither the fictional character Joker nor the film supports real-world violence of any kind. It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to show this character as a hero. ”
CNN Stella Chan and Harmeet Kaur contributed to this news