The Joker, Batman: The Killing Joke

Trailer Time: Batman The Killing Joke (2016) *Perhaps the Best Batman Story Gets the Animated Treatment*

Alan Moore’s graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke, is arguably the best Batman story of all-time.  I think it’s the seminal confrontation between Batman and The Joker, as well as a story that scarred Batman’s world forever.  DC’s animated movies have varied in quality, mostly fairly good with some occasional gems.  Taking on THIS story, though, is by far their most ambitious and delicate project.  This story is legend.  This story is character defining.  This story is incredibly dark.Batman: The Killing Joke, Batman, The Joker
I would have been stunned a year ago that Warner Brothers is allowing Bruce Timm and the team making the film to go for and receive an R-Rating (the first ever for one of DC’s animated releases).  To do this story justice, though, to go as far down the rabbit hole as Alan Moore did, this is an occasion where I think it will serve the story.  You have the ultimate voice cast with Kevin Conroy as the Dark Knight and Mark Hamill as The Joker.  Kevin Conroy should really be considered the best Batman of all-time at this point.  I don’t care that he’s never appeared onscreen.  His voice has defined the character for a generation from Batman: The Animated Series, to the Justice League Series, the Arkham Knight video games, and various other projects.  No firm release date other than Summer 2016.  Like all DC animated projects, this is going straight to video.  I can’t wait to see if they’ve done this story justice.
Batman: The Killing Joke, Mark Hamill, The Joker

One thought on “Trailer Time: Batman The Killing Joke (2016) *Perhaps the Best Batman Story Gets the Animated Treatment*”

  1. If only one Batman story could be saved after Neo-Crusaders burned all of our civilization’s libraries, it would have to be The Killing Joke. It tells you everything you need to know about Batman, the Joker, and their universe, and it’s not even that long a work. Giving the Joker a definite backstory was fraught with peril (it was certainly one of the problems with Tim Burton’s classic film) and maybe I agree with Brian Bolland that it’s not objectively real, but an example of a multiple choice past.

    All I know is that when I first read this story (I was just a kid) my fingers were digging into the arms of my chair. It gets under your skin, and Hamill delivering the Joker’s lines is actually going to improve it, methinks. I don’t know if you love Alan Moore the way I do, but IMO he is the Shakespeare of the comic book medium.

    I am soooo looking forward to this movie.


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