Watch the First Footage from Batman: The Killing Joke in New Featurette

Monday, 04 April 2016 - 11:03AM
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Monday, 04 April 2016 - 11:03AM
Watch the First Footage from Batman: The Killing Joke in New Featurette
The Killing Joke is finally getting an animated, R-rated feature-length adaptation, and a new featurette released by the Joker himself reveals the first bits of footage and dialogue from the long-awaited, highly anticipated film:

The Voices Of Batman: The Killing Joke

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The Killing Joke is an extremely dark comic book, and from the actors' reactions in the video, it seems that the film will adhere closely to the comics.

Opening quote
"This is a much darker story than the previous films showed," said Ray Wise, who plays Commissioner Gordon. "Commissioner Gordon goes through quite a bit to get through the end of the story."
Closing quote


The Killing Joke is one of the most beloved, classic Batman/Joker stories of all time, but also one of the most controversial. Critics and fans alike hail it as the definitive version of the Joker and his origin story, but the story also does a disservice to Batgirl by maiming her in service of a male character's plotline. In the comics, this led to the rise of disabled superhero Oracle, but without that context, the film is likely to be similarly controversial from a social justice perspective. However, at the very least the film will feature original Batman Animated Series actors like Kevin Conroy as Batman, not to mention Mark Hamill's Joker, which is widely considered to be the best portrayal of the character, bar none:

Opening quote
"Every time I do this part, I let the script tell me what kind of Joker he needs to be," Hamill says in the video. "If people want to see a really nasty, vile Joker, this is the one."
Closing quote

The Killing Joke will premiere at San Diego Comic Con this summer, but no other release date has been announced yet.
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