Audience ‘Flee’ Theatre After Man’s Disgusting Behavior During ‘Joker’ Screening

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It’s only been a matter of days since the Joker movie hit screens, and already it’s stirring up controversy.

The psychological thriller details the origin story of Batman’s archnemesis, The Joker, and how he became the notorious villain he is.

But, while the eagerly-anticipated movie has been a huge hit so far, it hasn’t been without its criticism, with many people calling out the film for its representation of mental illness – with some saying that it’s so dark that people are walking out of theatres.

But it seems people viewers watching the movie at the AMC Empire 25 near New York’s Times Square were forced to leave during a viewing after a man’s “disgusting” behavior scared them into fleeing.

Keep scrolling to learn more about the “disturbing” movie and why one man’s actions caused viewers to flee the theatre.

The supervillain made his debut in the Batman comic books in 1940 and has since become one of the most notorious faces of the franchise.

But plans changed and he stuck around to become Batman’s archenemy.

The Dark Night was a box office smash hit, receiving rave reviews and grossing over a staggering $1 billion in revenue.

Seems fans of the franchise can’t get enough of the psychopathic anti-hero.

…fans were elated. In fact, there was so much buzz around its release that the movie bagged the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival in September.

Speaking to Ladbible, the Oscar-nominated actor explained: I thought it was important for it to be its own thing, to be its own interpretation. What’s interesting about this character is that everybody can interpret it however they want.
“Even with this film, I think the audience gets to interpret the character and what drives him, in a way that I think is unique for a lot of films. I mean it really asks the audience to participate, and I think that’s interesting.”

Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker tells the origin story of, you guessed it…the Joker (or Arthur Fleck as he’s known as in the movie), and how he evolves into the criminal mastermind we all know him as.

Set in 1981, Fleck, who is working as a party clown, lives with his mother in Gotham City – a town full of crime and unemployment.  

Due to this, he often lands himself in bad situations. And of course, he finds himself on a huge downward spiral.

Fleck is isolated, bullied, and lonely.

Soon enough, Fleck’s life becomes rife with out-of-control into delusions, violence, and anarchy and thus, the clown-faced criminal is born.

From rave reviews to full-blown outrage, the dark movie has debuted to extremely mixed emotions.

Over the weekend alone it raked in an eye-watering $93.5 million at the US box office – although we aren’t entirely surprised, given the huge anticipation in the lead up to its release.

And it sure didn’t disappoint, with many people slamming the movie for its representation of mental health and “glamorization” of violence.

Convicted pedophile, Gary Glitter’s 1972 “Rock and Roll Part 2” is used in one scene. Glitter was jailed in 2015 for a number of sexual assault offenses, including one count of raping a 13-year-old girl, so it’s no wonder so many viewers were disgusted.

The movie is apparently so disturbing, it has been leaving viewers unable to continue watching.

Several people took to Twitter to call out the “horrible” movie, saying how they’ve been left terrified while watching.  

While some have praised the movie for shedding light on the struggles of living with a mental illness, others didn’t agree and think the film’s portrayal did more harm than good.

Like this user, who cited the graphic shooting as one of the main reasons why they feel a trigger warning should have been placed at the start of the movie.  

While many admitted that the movie was without a doubt dark and disturbing, some say Joaquin Phoenix’s performance deserved an Oscar.

The alleged incident took place at the AMC Empire 25 near New York’s Times Square.

The man was reportedly “spitting at people and clapping whenever Joker killed somebody,” according to a Twitter user that was at the viewing.

But only after “a third of the audience fled the theater out of fear that he’d start hurting people.”  

The man was reportedly “wasted” and had “poured a full bottle of tequila into his slushie.”

But, we’re glad no one was hurt in the end.

But if the thought of watching the dark thriller isn’t really your style, keep scrolling to read everything coming to streaming giant, Netflix this month. Maybe you’ll find your next favorite binge-watch…