DC's The Killing Joke to Be Made Into an Animated Movie
One of the most iconic Batman comics of all time is getting the film treatment, as Warner Bros is releasing an animated movie based on The Killing Joke in 2016, shortly after the release of Justice League: Gods and Monsters.
The graphic novel, written by the legendary Alan Moore, is both beloved and controversial, the latter as a result of the treatment of Barbara Gordon. The Joker sexually assaults, shoots, and paralyzes Barbara in order to terrorize her father, in a plot line that seems suspiciously like fridging. The controversy started up again recently when a recent 75th anniversary cover focused on Barbara's disempowerment, and the cover was pulled at the artist's request.
But DC usually changes things up a little whenever they adapt their classic comics, so hopefully they can iron out the outdated elements. If The Killing Joke can be as effectively brutal as the graphic novel without the potentially misogynistic undertones, it will be one of the biggest DC projects to look forward to next year, especially considering that the lovely veteran Joker voice actor Mark Hamill has expressed a desire to return specifically for The Killing Joke.