It’s no laughing matter.
Vera Drew’s The People’s Joker, set to debut at this year’s Toronto Film Festival (TIFF), was canceled Wednesday.
Drew allegedly pulled the film from the festival because of “legal issues,” according to a statement on the TIFF website.
“The filmmaker has withdrawn this film due to legal issues,” the statement said. “We apologize for the inconvenience. Current ticket holders will receive an email from TIFF Customer Service with information about their purchase.”
Set in the Batman universe, The People’s Joker is about an aspiring clown, played by Drew, who struggles with her gender identity while battling a fascist crusader.
Drew, who was nominated for an Emmy in the category Outstanding Picture Editing For Variety Programming in 2019, promised audiences would see her creation.
“I have no idea how things are going today and obviously my team doesn’t want me to say anything so I’m being vague,” Drew said wrote on Twitter.
“But whatever happens in the next few hours, I want you to know … if you’ve been waiting to see our film, you soon will.” stay tuned and stay with me Need your help.”
The Post reached out to Drew for comment.
A spokesman for the film festival declined to give further information.
“We have no further comment beyond what is stated on TIFF’s website,” Deadline’s spokesperson said.
Warner Bros. has not yet issued a statement on the pulled film, which follows the controversial hiring of “Batgirl,” starring Michael Keaton, Brendan Fraser, Leslie Grace and Michael Keaton.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/15/the-peoples-joker-removed-from-tiff-over-rights-issues/ Removed “The People’s Joker” from TIFF due to “legal issues”.