Joker Parody Film Pulled From Toronto Film Festival Over Rights Issue | tomatoes

Despite being described as a parody of DC Comics characters, whose film rights belong to the Warner Bros. Discovery studio, The People’s Jokeran alternate version of the iconic clown will not be able to be scheduled for the remainder of the 2022 Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) due to a rights infringement claim.

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In accordance with Deadline, The People’s Joker has been withdrawn by its director, vera drew, from the TIFF 2022 schedule, due to a rights claim. The film, which is a parodic version of the iconic Batman villain and many of the hero’s satellite characters, barely made it to its premiere last night before the threat of a dispute made the director withdraw from the rest of the screenings.

The film is the story of a jokeless clown who, after failing to land a role on Gotham City’s only comedy show, forms his own stand-up club alongside other Batman villains. All this while he determines his gender identity, as a trans man, and falls in love with a version of Jason Todd who also becomes the Joker (one inspired by the version of Jared Leto).

Apparently, all of the film’s references to DC characters and the fact that it takes some inspiration from quite a few comic book adaptations and stories are the reason it may not pass as a parody but simply a remake of these roles. The fact that it is distributed and exhibited in exchange for money constitutes a serious infringement of those who own the rights and licenses thereof.

A review in bloody disgustingwhich was created after the only function it had, celebrates that The People’s Joker, directed, written by, and starring Drew, adapts and pokes fun at characters and stories from Batman and, of course, his colorful nemesis. Beyond that, it stands out that she is quite funny and intelligent in her social comments, criticism of the bat lore and also touching as a coming of age of a trans character.

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In response to having to withdraw her film, the director simply tweeted the hashtag #FreeThePeoplesJoker to ask the studio to allow her film to be released. So far, no further comment has been made by studio representatives and the TIFF website is simply apologizing for the inconvenience of canceling screenings and refunding ticket holders.

The People’s Joker probably will not see the light of day officially and it is unknown if it could be released or published under some other condition. For now, fans of DC’s most psychotic clowns will have to settle for the new season of harley quinn- 100%animated series that was renewed for one more a few weeks ago.

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Joker Parody Film Pulled From Toronto Film Festival Over Rights Issue | tomatoes