Viewers watching the new Joker movie have been walking out of the movie cinema prematurely because they thought the film was ‘too dark’.

One person commenting on Twitter: “I’ve just walked out of the Joker. Maybe I was naive in going/didn’t realize what an origin story would be like, maybe because I live with someone with MH [mental health], it was just far too dark for me to be able to watch.”

The second person commented: “Mental illness is a serious topic…… Horrible, dark movie. We walked out of it. We don’t recommend it. We already live in a sick society, let’s not add to it please!”

And the third person said: “Would just like to say if anyone is thinking of going to watch the Joker movie, there should be a giant red trigger warning banner while buying tickets or something, people walked out after the first graphic shooting & there was quite a few after.”

Defining The Joker this time around is Joaquin Phoenix, who told LADbible that he chose not to draw on any previous portrayals for his performance.

Joaquin Phoenix told us: “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.”

Joaquin Phoenix, a three-time Oscar-nominated actor, has been heaped with praise by critics but his performance has also been some debate by those who fear the dark violence could spark copycat crimes, according to The Sun.

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