The "Joker" opened in U.S. theaters last week with tightened security across the country. Theaters added security and some banned costumes and masks. The movie centers around failed comedian, Arthur Fleck, and how he turns into the comic book character Joker. The movie has sparked fears of copycat violence similar to the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012 where a man wearing a mask shot and killed 12 people during a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises.”
Class discussion: Would worries about violence keep you from going to see “Joker”? Why or why not? Do you think films, video games or comic books should be blamed for mass shootings? What is copycat violence? Can it be triggered by crime news? Does the wide availability of guns have a role in mass shootings? Would you feel safer or more threatened in a theater or other public building where guns are prohibited? Do you mind going through a metal detector to go to a concert or get on a plane? How about going to a theater or school?