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Removed “The People’s Joker” from TIFF due to “legal issues”.

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“The filmmaker has withdrawn this film due to legal issues,” the statement said.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.

According to the festival website, the film was pulled over by Drew "rights issues."
According to the festival site, the film was pulled by Drew over “legal issues.”
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cast and crew of "The folk joker" at the premiere during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival at the Royal Alexandra Theater on September 13, 2022.
Cast and crew of “The People’s Joker” at the premiere during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival at the Royal Alexandra Theater on September 13, 2022.
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"the folk joker," Set in the Batman universe, is about an aspiring clown - played by Drew - who struggles with his gender identity while battling a fascist crusader.
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.
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Vera Drew has removed her film The People's Joker from the Toronto Film Festival schedule, according to festival organizers.
Vera Drew has removed her film The People’s Joker from the Toronto Film Festival schedule, according to festival organizers.
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Vera Drew attends "The folk joker" Premiered during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.
Vera Drew attends the premiere of The People’s Joker during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.
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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.

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Emma Bowman

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