Joker Release Spawns Warning Of Terror Threats

Reuters reports:

Federal authorities are monitoring and warning local law enforcement of a series of threatening social media posts linked to the R-rated “Joker,” now in theaters, a law enforcement official said today. Amid polarizing reviews for “Joker,” which holds a 69% positive rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, the Todd Phillips-directed drama is stirring passionate debate and real-world concerns over the film’s portrayal of graphic and random violence.

Fears have been heightened because of the infamous, chaos-loving character at the center of the story (played by Joaquin Phoenix) – and the long-held but debunked belief that the gunman who shot 12 moviegoers to death at a 2012 opening-weekend showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado, was dressed as or inspired by Joker. Concerns have been raised about the potential for a copycat attack or violence in theaters.