Joker falls under fire as Aurora shooting victims pen open letter against gun violence

Joker falls under fire as Aurora shooting victims pen open letter against gun violence (Picture: WB)

The new Joaquin Phoenix movie, Joker, has fallen under fire from victims of the Aurora shooting.

Back in 2012, 12 people were killed while another 70 were left injured after a gunman open fired at the Aurora Cinemark Theatre, in Colorado, during a showing of the Batman film, Dark Knight Rises.

Now, families of the victims have penned an open letter to Warner Bros calling them to take action against gun violence.

The note was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, and shows the group asking the studio to donate to a number of charities that aid survivors of gun violence.

It reads: [The Aurora shooting], perpetrated by a socially isolated individual who felt wronged by society, has changed the course of our lives.

When we learned that Warner Bros. was releasing a movie called Joker that presents the character as a protagonist with a sympathetic origin story, it gave us pause.

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The group asked Warner Bros to donate to gun violence charities (Picture: WB)

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Further on, they stated: We want to be clear that we support your right to free speech and free expression.

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But as anybody who has seen a comic book movie can tell you: with great power comes great responsibility.

Thats why were calling on you to use your massive platform and influence to join us in our fight to build safer communities … keeping everyone safe should be a top corporate priority for Warner Brothers.

Metro.co.uk have reached out to Warner Brothers for further comment, however they did tell the publication that they are yet to see the letter.

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Joaquin is said to have recently walked out of an interview Getty Images)

A representative from the company added: We cannot comment on a letter we have not seen.

Its also claimed that the Aurora Cinemark Theatre will not be showing the movie upon its release.

Joaquin, who stars as the leading man, is said to have recently stormed out of an interview after he was asked whether particular scenes within the movie could inspire acts of violence in the real world.

Instead of answering the question, the Telegraph claimed he walked out asking why the journalist would ask such a thing.

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