Joker: Bob Odenkirk parody removed from Toronto International Film Festival

The People’s Joker, a parody of the award-winning feature film starring Joaqiun Phenix, has been removed from the Toronto International Film Festival. The film featured the director Vera Drew as an aspiring clown struggling with a gender identity crisis as she aspires to join UCB Live, a popular television comedy set in the Batman universe. The film in fact, according to what emerged, would be set in a reimagined version of Gotham City, the same one that hosts the DC’s Hooded Crusader.

Some determine the abandonment of the film problems related to exploitation rights of some characters. In a recent interview, Drew explained: “We know we are in an almost illegal gray area. I, Vera Drew, don’t own Joker and Batman, but this is a parody

The director withdrew this film due to rights issues. We apologize for any inconvenience. Current ticket holders will receive an email from Toronto International Film Festival customer service with new information about their purchases”Reads a statement released later by the TIFF organization.


The People’s Joker first made its debut last Tuesday. Shortly after due to the problems that arose the film was removed from the TIFF programming. In the film he also makes an appearance Bob Odenkirk, the Saul Goodman of Better Call Saul. In the film Odenkirk plays Bob the Goon, one of the most trusted and closest friends to the Clown Prince of Crime.

I had a phone call with Bob, and it was literally a half hour phone call where we talked about the part, and it was really cool. He listened to me rambling about all my haughty ideas about this illegal movie, and his only request of him was, ‘I’ll do it. I want do it. I think it’s great. I think you’re awesome, but just make me look a little messed up. Give me a big scar, something. Because I don’t want people to think something like, ‘Oh, alright, there’s Bob, blah, blah blah”Said Vera Drew during an interview with Collider.

However, Odenkirk is not the only one to have accidentally found himself involved in this film. Around the time Drew was preparing to make the film, the production made a recruiting video that promised to use footage from previous DC movies and deepfakesbut also to choose people to play their Batman characters favorites, if they wished. The intent was to make a film that, as a parody, should not infringe copyright. Evidently, however, things did not go that way.

Speaking instead of Joker: Folie à Deux, in the past few hours the confirmation has arrived that Jacob Lofland will join the cast of the film. At the moment, however, it is not clear what role the Maze Runner actor will play in the film starring Joaquin Phenix and Lady Gaga.

Sources: Collider, The Hollywood Reporter

Joker: Bob Odenkirk parody removed from Toronto International Film Festival