AURORA, CO. (CNN) – A group of people is asking Warner Brothers to donate money from its new film “Joker” to charities that help victims of gun violence.
The letter comes from some family members of the twelve people killed and 70 injured when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater seven years ago.
Joaquin Phoenix plays the joker in the new film.
The 2012 shooting happened during a showing of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado.
The joker character did not appear in that movie, but the upcoming R-rated origin film is getting attention for its gritty portrayal of realistic violence.
The Aurora shooter was also widely compared to the Batman nemesis after he appeared in court with brightly dyed hair.
The theater where the shooting happened is not planning to show the movie.
Warner brothers says it has not received the letter.
“The Joker” is scheduled to be released October 4th.
(This story was originally published on September 24, 2019)