October 6, 2022

The Folks’s Joker, an unauthorized queer coming-of-age film set in the Batman universe, has been pulled from Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant after a single screening “resulting from rights points.”

Helmed by and starring Los Angeles-based director Vera Drew, the movie was scheduled for 3 extra showings at TIFF following its premiere as a part of the pageant’s Midnight Insanity programming on Tuesday, September thirteenth.

Billed within the description of its trailer as “fully unlicensed by DC and Warner Bros.,” The Folks’s Joker was doubtless making an attempt to function below US honest use legal guidelines for parody. Based on IndieWire, nonetheless, Warner Bros. Discovery knowledgeable the filmmaker of “a copyright situation” over the film’s use of characters together with Joker and “a Harlequin a la DC’s Harley Quinn.”

The movie facilities round an unfunny clown grappling along with her gender identification whereas aspiring to be forged in a TV sketch present alongside a forged of Jokers and Harlequins. “With comedy criminalized in Gotham Metropolis, the present is the one government-sanctioned area for humorous individuals, however solely those that will toe the celebration line,” reads the official TIFF synopsis. “Disillusioned by a botched audition, Vera companions with a birdlike slacker to discovered their very own different comedy troupe, attracting not solely a rogues’ gallery of would-be comics, but in addition the ire of a fascistic caped crusader.”

Take a look at the teaser trailer under.

Drew hinted there may very well be bother afoot with a mysterious tweet forward of the movie’s first screening, writing, “I’ve no clue how right now goes and my group needs me to say nothing after all so I’ll keep obscure…however no matter occurs within the subsequent few hours, I need you to know…if you happen to’ve been ready and aching to look at our film, ur going to get to quickly. Keep tuned and stick with me. Want ur assist.”

Based on The Canadian Press, Drew revealed she had edited out scenes from Todd Phillips’ 2019 movie Joker forward of her movie’s premiere at TIFF.

In the meantime, Phillips is already at work on his upcoming Joker sequel, titled Joker: Folie à Deux. Joaquin Phoenix will return for the titular position, with Woman Gaga set to star as Harley Quinn. The movie is slated for launch on October 4th, 2024.

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