The Warner Bros. film “The Joker” is set to debut with a bang. However, according to the United States Army that bang may be something that’s no laughing matter.
According to Gizmodo, the U.S. army confirmed yesterday that it had issued a warning regarding the upcoming Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix on September 18th. The film follows the miserable life of Arthur fleck — the mentally ill and failed comedian turned mass murderer and all around super-villain of Batman lore.
The report stated that the Federal Bureau of Investigations had discovered chilling evidence that there were comments made online from incel individuals planning to possibly attack theaters. The acronym “incel,” coined by the people afflicted by it’s implications, stands for involuntary celibate and has been recognized as one of the causal factors among many mass shooters like James Holmes and Nikolas Cruz.
The warning which was widely circulated to Army service members contained the following message for those who planned to visit a theater and see the film, “identify two escape routes”. If a shooting situation were to occur, the instructions advised members to “Run if you can, If you’re stuck, shelter in place, and stay quiet. If a shooter finds you, fight with whatever you can.”
On Monday, senior Army officials released another memo proclaiming that they had obtained credible intelligence from Texas law enforcement stating there was “disturbing and very specific chatter on the dark web regarding the targeting of an unknown movie theater during the release.”
Regardless of the Army’s advisory for a potential national incident, the film has been met with high praise among fans and critics alike who have pre-screened the film. The Joker is expected to perform strongly at the box office despite its controversial reception when it chuckles into theaters on October 7th.