THE PEOPLE'S JOKER: Vera Drew's Queer Comic Book Parody Gets A Chaotic New Trailer

THE PEOPLE'S JOKER: Vera Drew's Queer Comic Book Parody Gets A Chaotic New Trailer THE PEOPLE'S JOKER: Vera Drew's Queer Comic Book Parody Gets A Chaotic New Trailer

The People's Joker, a queer coming-of-age comic book parody that was pulled from the Toronto International Film Festival back in 2022, has set new theatrical release dates...

By MarkCassidy - Mar 06, 2024 08:03 AM EST
Filed Under: Joker

"Come see how she got these (emotional) scars..."

Vera Drew's The People's Joker, a queer coming-of-age comic book parody that was pulled from the Toronto International Film Festival back in 2022 after just a single screening over alleged “rights issues,” has set some new theatrical release dates and debuted a new trailer.

The mixed-media satire follows an aspiring clown (played by Drew) struggling with her gender identity while dreaming of being cast in a TV sketch show among a cast of Jokers and Harlequins.

The film, which contains multiple references to the Clown Prince of Crime and other Batman-related properties, was reportedly pulled after Warner Bros. served a cease and desist to both TIFF and Drew due to copyright infringement, even though the opening title card clearly states: “This film is a parody and is at present time completely unauthorized by DC Comics, Warner Brothers or anyone claiming ownership of the trademarks therein (eg. Joker, Batman etc.).”

Even so, the studio's reaction probably shouldn't have come as too big a shock when the trailer proudly proclaims the project to be “an illegal comic book movie about a transgender clown named Joker.”

The movie's premiere is set for April 5 at IFC Center in NY, but it has now booked dates in theaters in Los Angeles, Austin, Texas; Denver, Colo., San Francisco; Seattle, Wash.; Washington, D.C.; and more (full listings can be found here).

Check out the new trailer below along with the official poster.

According to the official synopsis, the “absurdist semi-autobiographical dark comedy stars Drew as a painfully unfunny aspiring clown called Joker the Harlequin. Her character grapples with her gender identity while unsuccessfully attempting to join the ranks of Gotham City’s sole comedy program in a world where comedy has been outlawed. Uniting with a ragtag team of rejects and misfits, Joker the Harlequin forms an illegal anti-comedy troupe that puts her on a collision course with the devious caped crusader controlling the city."

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TheShape9859
TheShape9859 - 3/6/2024, 8:35 AM
🤢🤢🤢🤮🤮🤮
HashTagSwagg
HashTagSwagg - 3/6/2024, 8:39 AM
They actually said the line
SanFranLand
SanFranLand - 3/6/2024, 10:26 AM
@HashTagSwagg - I was certain they were gonna want no beef. Haha
BlackStar25
BlackStar25 - 3/6/2024, 8:39 AM
Lmfaooo. Looks funny
ItsNotForMeWahh
ItsNotForMeWahh - 3/6/2024, 8:46 AM
I am enraged that this exists! Why can't things be exactly how their first appearance in comics are and never ever deviate or grow from that first issue.

How dare people adapt things that I like into media that different people may enjoy
BringFFtoMCU
BringFFtoMCU - 3/6/2024, 8:50 AM
@ItsNotForMeWahh - You're an adult child.
Ryguy88
Ryguy88 - 3/6/2024, 8:51 AM
@ItsNotForMeWahh - I dont think anyone other WB cares about a homemade movie with a budget of $1000.
ItsNotForMeWahh
ItsNotForMeWahh - 3/6/2024, 8:57 AM
@Ryguy88 - I now care because I know it exists, it makes me so gosh darn ANGRY.

I can't help but blame the woke mob
ItsNotForMeWahh
ItsNotForMeWahh - 3/6/2024, 9:14 AM
@BringFFtoMCU - Is that your way of wanting someone to call you daddy? I don't play into that perverse side of life. I will pray for you to find Jesus
Ryguy88
Ryguy88 - 3/6/2024, 9:16 AM
@ItsNotForMeWahh - what's your other account on here?
DarthAlgar
DarthAlgar - 3/6/2024, 10:14 AM
@Ryguy88 - I have a few ideas whom it may be.

I swear the trolls on here are F grade.

Especially FloppyCockWatcher5.
ProLife
ProLife - 3/6/2024, 10:15 AM
@ItsNotForMeWahh - these people are disgusting. Notice how the only do tjis to makes? They love seeing men refuced to this garbage.
DarthAlgar
DarthAlgar - 3/6/2024, 10:17 AM
@ProLife - You've really been triggered to the point you had to make several troll accounts?

We've damaged you at this point. 😐
ItsNotForMeWahh
ItsNotForMeWahh - 3/6/2024, 10:31 AM
@Ryguy88 - I am.. vengeance!

Ikusa
Ikusa - 3/6/2024, 1:29 PM
@ItsNotForMeWahh - still sticking porgs up yer arse?
Deadinside
Deadinside - 3/6/2024, 2:34 PM
@ItsNotForMeWahh -
Ryguy88 - I am.. vengeance!

That's just me on an average Tuesday...!☮😜
MarkCassidy
MarkCassidy - 3/6/2024, 8:49 AM
Looks okay... I like the different styles. Some funny parts in the trailer. Prob stream it.
TheVandalore
TheVandalore - 3/6/2024, 9:16 AM
@MarkCassidy - i was interested until this article. I appreciate you.
BobGarlen
BobGarlen - 3/6/2024, 8:49 AM
It looks cheaper than an Asylum direct-to-dvd knock-off.
BringFFtoMCU
BringFFtoMCU - 3/6/2024, 8:49 AM
And why are we promoting this garbage?
MarkCassidy
MarkCassidy - 3/6/2024, 8:55 AM
@BringFFtoMCU - Just to annoy you.
SATW42
SATW42 - 3/6/2024, 9:27 AM
@MarkCassidy - hahahahahahahahahahaa
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 3/6/2024, 9:53 AM
@MarkCassidy -
AquaClunge
AquaClunge - 3/6/2024, 9:00 AM



💀 I'm playing, but this looks terrible 😭
EgoEgor
EgoEgor - 3/6/2024, 9:07 AM
Meh. Just not from me. It seems like a very niche parody aiming for a small audience.
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 3/6/2024, 9:56 AM
@EgoEgor - That's because that's what it is.
marvel72
marvel72 - 3/6/2024, 9:10 AM
Yeah I won't be wasting my time, you've got more chance me doing a Ms.Marvel, The Marvels and Madame Web Movie Marathon.
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 3/6/2024, 10:24 AM
@marvel72 - Ms Marvel and The Marvels are both good.
marvel72
marvel72 - 3/6/2024, 12:53 PM
@ClintThaHamster - Yeah right, of course they are.
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 3/6/2024, 12:56 PM
@marvel72 - Make sure you never watch them, so you never have to find out!
Deadinside
Deadinside - 3/6/2024, 2:37 PM
@ClintThaHamster - 🤔 I notice you didn't mention Madame Web...!☮🤭
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 3/6/2024, 2:46 PM
@Deadinside - Well, I haven't seen it, so I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending it. You better believe I plan on watching it, though, once I can stream it. Looks like it could be the Troll 2 or The Room of the SPUMC!
marvel72
marvel72 - 3/7/2024, 5:10 PM
@ClintThaHamster - that's the plan.
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 3/7/2024, 6:18 PM
@marvel72 - I don't know how old you are (I used to assume everyone on this board was in their 20s, but it seems that the median age is closer to 50) but the older I get, the more open I am to new experiences, and the more open I've become about admitting I was wrong. At 47, I now like The Rolling Stones, MDMA, and, as of just this week, olives on pizza!

I mean, what's the worst that could happen? You watch it and get to say "See, I watched it, and it was terrible! I was right!" But you might also find yourself having a little fun, and that's cool, too! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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