The Folks’s Joker, reimagining of Gotham Metropolis, pulled from TIFF over rights points

The Folks’s Joker, reimagining of Gotham Metropolis, pulled from TIFF over rights points

A nonetheless from the movie The Folks’s Joker.The Canadian Press

The Folks’s Joker, an unauthorized reimagining of Batman’s universe by the eyes of a transgender girl, was pulled from the Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition on Wednesday after a single screening.

“The filmmaker has withdrawn this movie because of rights points. We apologize for any inconvenience,” TIFF mentioned on its web site hours after the movie debuted as a part of the competition’s Midnight Insanity programming.

Representatives for Warner Bros. Discovery, which holds the movie rights to the DC Comics universe, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark, whereas a spokesperson for “The Folks’s Joker” mentioned they’d no remark past what was posted on TIFF’s web site.

The Folks’s Joker is directed by Vera Drew, who additionally stars as an aspiring comic who strikes to Gotham Metropolis to pursue a profession amongst a neighborhood of different characters from the DC Comics universe, together with the Riddler and the Penguin.

The movie was initially billed as containing scenes from DC films, together with 2019′s Joker and 1995′s Batman Eternally, however Drew informed the viewers at a Q-and-A after the screening that she edited all that out forward of the premiere.

As a substitute, the crowdfunded film included artwork from greater than 100 artists, TIFF mentioned. A number of scenes are partially or absolutely animated.

On Tuesday, Drew posted a touch to Twitter forward of the screening that she suspected one thing could occur.

“I’ve no clue how as we speak goes and my crew desires me to say nothing in fact so I’ll keep obscure, however no matter occurs within the subsequent few hours, I would like you to know, in case you’ve been ready and aching to observe our film, [you’re] going to get to quickly,” she tweeted. “Keep tuned and stick with me.”

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