Vera Drew’s “The People’s Joker” â which was due to debut at the Toronto Film Festival this year â dropped out of the lineup on Wednesday.
Drew reportedly pulled the film from the festival over a statement on “rights issues”. TIFF website said,
“The filmmaker has withdrawn the film due to rights issues,” the statement said. “We’re sorry for any inconvenience. Current ticket holders will receive an email from TIFF Customer Relations with information on their purchase.
“The People’s Joker”, set in the Batman universe, is about an aspiring Joker, played by Drew, struggling with his gender identity while battling a fascist Caped Crusader.
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Drew, who was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming in 2019, vowed that audiences would see his creation.
“I don’t know how it’s going today and my team wants me not to say anything definitive so I’ll be unclear,” Drew wrote on twitter,
“But whatever happens in the next few hours, I want you to know…if you’ve been waiting and aching to see our movie, you’re going to see me soon. Stay tuned.” And stay with me. Need your help.”
The post has reached out to Drew for comment.
A spokesperson for the film festival declined to provide additional details.
“We have no further comment than what is on the TIFF website,” the spokesperson said. for the deadline,
Warner Bros. has yet to release a statement on the pulled film, which follows the controversial shelving of “Batgirl,” which starred Michael Keaton, Brendan Fraser and Leslie Grace.