The People's Joker, a film about the trans experience and parody of DC's Joker, has been withdrawn from the Toronto International Film Festival due to rights issues

Unofficial Joker Movie that Featured Bob Odenkirk, Pulled From Festival


The People’s Joker has been removed from the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film starred director Vera Drew as a trans woman working in comedy, which happened to be set in a re-imagined version of Gotham – the very same Gotham that’s home to DC’s Batman.
“The filmmaker has withdrawn this film due to rights issues,” says the TIFF website. “We apologize for any inconvenience. Current ticket holders will receive an email from TIFF Customer Relations with information on their purchase.”
The People’s Joker held its world premiere on Tuesday, but the film was pulled from the festival shortly afterward.
Bob Odenkirk features as Bob the Goon… and Drew couldn’t believe he agreed to take on the role.
“I had a call with Bob, and it was literally a half-hour phone call where we talked about the part, and it was really cool,” Drew told Collider. “He listened to me ramble about all my highfalutin ideas about this illegal movie, and his only request was, ‘I'll do it. I want to do it. I think it's great. I think you're great, but just make me look kind of fucked up. Give me a big scar, something. Cause I don't want people to think like, 'Oh it's cool, Bob's in it, blah, blah blah.'”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, festival organizers soon confirmed the withdrawal of what they described as a “queer coming-of-age film”. However, the filmmakers, as well as the production banner Haunted Gay Ride Productions have remained silent on the matter.
Additionally, Warner Bros, Discovery has not commented on the film.
However, Polygon has confirmed that Warner Bros. served a cease-and-desist order to the filmmakers before its TIFF premiere, prompting the decision to pull the film from any subsequent screenings.
Director Vera Drew previously asserted that the film was protected as it’s a parody.
“[It’s an] illegal gray zone,” they claimed in an interview with Alex Helisek. “I, Vera Drew, don’t own Joker and Batman, but it’s a parody.”
Whether or not that’s enough to protect the film from rights issues with Warner Bros. Discovery remains to be seen. But the filmmaker has already chosen to withdraw it immediately from TIFF.
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But Drew remains defiant.
“I wanna talk to everyone but I also gotta be smart about our next moves,” they said via Twitter. “Animal planet declared war this week on my movie and we are doing everything we can to find a distribution partner who is gonna protect us and ensure that everyone EVERYWHERE gets to see this movie.”
The People’s Joker stars Vera Drew, Lynn Downey, Kane Distler, Nathan Faustyn, David Liebe Hart, Christian Calloway, Griffin Kramer, Phil Braun, Tim Heidecker, Ember Knight, and Sarah Sherman.
The film is Drew’s first feature film as a director, following an Emmy-nominated career as an editor.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.
Image Credit: Vera Drew|TIFF
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