Batman: The Killing Joke is one of the most highly regarded and influential stories in comic book history. It generally ranks just behind Year One and The Dark Knight Returns on any Batman Top Ten lists. Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s controversial tale that serves as both a Joker origin story and a game-changing event in Batman’s life has been the subject of much debate and analysis since its release in 1988. Some fans hated the fact that DC dared to give the Joker a definitive identity and backstory, while others love the idea of Batman (or anyone) being “one bad day” away from being twisted into someone like the Clown Prince of Crime. And, of course, there’s the fate of Barbara Gordon (a.k.a. Batgirl) which is still the subject of great controversy.
Naturally, news that DC was planning an animated version of this iconic tale was met with excitement (and a little criticism) from fans. One of the more exciting aspects of the project is that it reunites Kevin Conroy (Bruce Wayne/Batman) and Mark Hamill (The Joker), whose voice work on Batman: The Animated Series is considered among the best versions of both characters. And now we’ve got our first real look at the animated film, which will release straight-to-video later this year. In this 12-minute featurette we get our first looks at all the main players, as well as interviews with director Sam Liu, executive producer Bruce Timm, and others. Give it a look!
The film will make its premiere at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, which runs from July 21-24.
Batman: The Killing Joke will be released on Blu-ray and DVD later this year.
Make sure to keep checking back for updates – right here on GeekNation.
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