Drug cartel hitmen want to be like the Joker.


Heavily armed Cartel members regularly patrol the streets of northern Mexico, and one was seen wearing a mask similar to on that will be in the new villain movie.

“Get him out that we are looking for malnourished clowns from CJNG,” Twitter user ElGuzman tweeted, referring to the violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

The man’s mask is similar to the makeup worn in “Joker” by Joaquin Phoenix:

The Washington Post reports theaters are bracing for violence:

As it prepared to roll out its new movie “Joker,” Warner Bros. faced protests from the families of mass-shooting victims, pundit criticism that the film could inspire violence, a warning from a theater chain and even comments from its director that he was fueled by resentment for liberal Hollywood.

And that was before the New York Police Department decided to deploy undercover cops to screenings.

“Joker,” the new Joaquin Phoenix movie about a marginalized middle-aged white man who finds salvation in violence, hits theaters Thursday night. For a modern film business that scrupulously avoids controversy – shunning ideological content in its scripts and coaching stars to avoid politics in interviews – the movie has become the most unusual of modern products: a lightning rod produced by a major studio.

“There’s been so much controversy around it that I don’t think anyone really knows what to expect,” said Bruce Nash, a movie-release expert from the box-office site The Numbers.