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How will Warner Brothers handle the upcoming release of a violent film evocative of the recent tragedy?
Last week the entire country was rocked by the terrible shooting spree at a midnight premiere screening of the Warner Brothers blockbuster 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado. Warner Brothers, who has expressed their deepest sympathy and support for the victims and their loved ones, is left struggling to strike the right balance between showing sensitivity to those affected by the violence and fulfilling the expectations of the movie-going public. Since the incident early Friday morning, the studio has responded by refraining from reporting the 'Dark Knight Rises' box office numbers and pulling a violent trailer out of circulation over the weekend, among other steps. That trailer advertised September's anticipated release 'Gangster Squad,' which stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone, and contained clips of a violent shooting in a movie theater. The film is a period piece about gangster Mickey Cohen's attempt to thwart the LAPD and take over the city of Los Angeles.
Now Warner Brothers may go a step further in ensuring 'Gangster Squad' doesn't cause offense. Reuters reports that the studio is discussing whether to remove or edit the theater scene and are also considering pushing the release of the film from its current September 7th release date.
In light of the very real and terrifying events of last week, Warner Brothers certainly doesn't want to release a film that may shock and disturb moviegoers, but there is concern that removing or revising the scene may hurt the quality of the film. What do you think the studio should do? Let us know in the comments and don't forget to subscribe to ClevverMovies for more updates on this story. I'm Joslyn Davis, see you next time.