The Killing Joke Animated Film Will Add to the Story and Premiere at San Diego Comic Con

Saturday, 09 January 2016 - 8:56PM
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The Killing Joke
Saturday, 09 January 2016 - 8:56PM
The Killing Joke Animated Film Will Add to the Story and Premiere at San Diego Comic Con
The Killing Joke is without doubt one of the most popular (if not the most popular) Batman graphic novel of all time, so when it was announced at SDCC last year that it would be Warner Bros. next animated adaption, fans went wild. Now it's been announced at Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans that the film will premiere at San Diego Comic Con this year, which runs from July 21 to July 24.

Reportedly, legend of the DC animated world Bruce Timm made this statement regarding The Killing Joke's animated adaption:

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The one big difference about it, as opposed to those other projects (The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 & Part 2), is The Killing Joke... the source material is really not long enough to make an entire feature film out of. So we actually had to add a lot more story to it. Which is tricky. But I think we came up with a really good solution on how that worked."
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Of course, this isn't too big of a surpirse. Those who've read 'The Killing Joke' know that it's a pretty quick read, and so to make a full-length animated movie, something would have to be added. However, Alan Moore's story is just so perfect that the fact that material will be added to the animated adaption does give fans a reason to be a little nervous.  

The Killing Joke was given the go ahead for an R rating a few months back, but the creators stated that they weren't sure they would need to take advantage of that. There are some graphic scenes in the comic, such as when the Joker paralyzes Barbara Gordon and then proceeds to take pictures of her nude body (though the nudity is not shown in the comic itself). Likewise, the Joker drags Jim Gordon naked through an amusement park while showing him these pictures, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the adaption does indeed get a more mature rating.  

This year is a big year for DC Comics fans. Not only will Bruce Wayne return to the cowl in the comics this March, but Batman v Superman will premiere just a day later. Likewise, Suicide Squad is due out in August, so 'The Killing Joke' could be a nice hold-over in between the two big name films being released this year for fans lucky enough to make it to SDCC.
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