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(CNN) – Both the U.S. Army and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will be on high alert and a chain of theaters has banned all costumes during the film’s screening. Joker (Joker).

The film will hit theaters next week and many remember what happened in 2012 in Colorado during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in which there was a mass shooting.

The Los Angeles police department has announced that officers will have “high visibility” in theaters during the screenings of Joker.

Meanwhile, the United States Army has confirmed that it has sent a CNN reminder to the commanders of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, on a possible violent threat discovered in a dark discussion on the web about the possible attack on a theater during the first of the film.

Fort Sill’s Criminal Investigation Command office “did it as a precaution to help protect our soldiers and their families,” said Chris Gray, a spokesman for the United States Department of Criminal Investigation.

“At the moment, we are not aware of any information indicating a specific and credible threat to a particular place or location,” he said.

LAPD asks residents to remain vigilant

The dark theme of the $ 55 million budget film, whose plot is the rise of Batman’s nemesis, evoked memories of a mass shooting where 12 people died and 70 were injured in a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012.

Los Angeles police said in a note to CNN that they were aware of public concerns regarding the premiere of the Joker.

“Although there are no credible threats in the Los Angeles area, the Department will maintain high visibility in theaters when it opens,” said the Los Angeles police department. “We encourage everyone to go out and enjoy all the weekend leisure activities that the city has to offer. However, Angelenos must remain alert and always be aware of his surroundings. As always, if you see something, say something “.

Prohibition of disguise, an unprecedented decision

Meanwhile, Landmark Theaters, which owns 52 theaters in 27 markets, has extended its ban on masks and toy weapons to include all costumes during the theatrical screening of Joker. The company declined to comment on its operating procedures, but the policy specifically mentions the film.

“We want all our guests to have fun Joker for the cinematic result that it is. But masks, painted faces or costumes will not be allowed in our theaters, “said the company in a note included at the bottom of the advance purchase page for tickets on the Landmark website.

Warner Bros. asked to take a stand on armed violence

Earlier this week, family and friends of loved ones who witnessed or were killed during the filming of Aurora asked Warner Bros., the distributor for the film, to help combat armed violence.

In a letter to CNN Warner Bros. Ann Sarnoff, obtained by CNN, five family members and friends of the theater’s filming victims asked the studio to “use its huge platform and influence to join us in our struggle for build safer communities with fewer guns. “(Warner Bros., like CNN, is owned by WarnerMedia.)

“In recent weeks, large American companies, from Walmart to CVS, have announced that they will act on gun safety. We ask you to be part of the growing chorus of business leaders who understand that they have a social responsibility to protect us all, “says the letter.

The letter asked executives to end political contributions to candidates taking money from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and voting against arms reform; actively press for arms reform and make contributions to groups that support survivors and aim to reduce armed violence.

In a statement, the Warner Bros. study acknowledged that armed violence is “a critical problem”.

“Armed violence in our society is a critical problem and we extend our deepest sympathy to all victims and families affected by these tragedies,” says the statement. “Our company has a long history of donating to victims of violence, including Aurora, and in recent weeks our parent company has joined other business leaders to ask policy makers to enact bipartisan laws to deal with this epidemic.”

The statement adds: “At the same time, Warner Bros. believes that one of the roles of the stories is to trigger difficult conversations on complex issues. Make no mistake: neither the fictional character Joker nor the film support real-world violence of any kind. It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to show this character as a hero. “

CNN’s Stella Chan and Harmeet Kaur contributed to this news.

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