I’ve always had an affinity for The Joker, far more than Batman himself. What can I say? I like my characters a bit twisted, and who’s more twisted than the Clown Prince of Crime? So I’ve been waiting with baited breath for Batman: The Killing Joke animated feature film.
DC Comics has finally released the official trailer, and here it is:
If you’re not familiar with The Killing Joke and why this is a big deal, allow me to explain in the most spoiler-free way possible. The original comic was written by Alan Moore in 1988. It was a one-shot graphic novel in which The Joker attempts to drive Jim Gordon to madness, but it also included what fans consider to be the definitive origin story of Joker himself. The book won the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album in 1989. It was also seriously graphic. Like it puts the graphic in “graphic novel” kind of seriously graphic.
There are several more reasons why you should be excited for the movie version. For one, in order to be a full feature length film, the story will be expanded. And just because it’s animated does not mean it’s for kids. Get it? Like Deadpool was not for kids, not for kids. This will be DC’s first ever R-rated animated film. This is quite thrilling to fans because it means that it should ring true to the gritty darkness that was the original comic.
But probably the most exciting feature is that Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are returning to reprise their roles as Batman and Joker respectively. Tara Strong will return as Barbra Gordon, and Ray Wise will play Commissioner Gordon.
The Killing Joke is scheduled to debut at San Diego Comic Con this July with a home video release later this summer.
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