The anticipation and hype surrounding the animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke is fairly staggering at this point, with the film marking the latest outing from Warner Bros.’ animated division, which has been putting out consistently great films for years now. With Mark Hamill reprising his role as The Joker again in the film though, which retells possibly the only definitive version of the character’s origin story, in one of the most controversial and iconic comic books of all time, it’s not hard to see why fans are so excited for the adaptation.
Following the confirmation of an R-rating for the movie and the first trailers, the movie was set to premiere this year at San Diego Comic-Con, before being released a few weeks later on blu ray and DVD, but it looks like SDCC won’t be the only time fans can see The Killing Joke on the big screen.
It has been announced today that Fathom Events will be partnering with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, for a one-night only special theatrical release of Batman: The Killing Joke in select cities nationwide on July 25th. The film will reportedly screen at 7:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. local time in the participating theatres.
Fathom’s Vice President of Studio Relations, Tom Lucas, commented on the news with the following as well:
“Fathom Events is thrilled to be able to bring ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ to movie theaters across the country so fans can see it on the big screen. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment have created an amazing production based on a beloved graphic novel, and we’re honored to be a part of this release.”
Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing added:
“Fans have been clamoring for a theatrical release of the popular DC Universe Original Movies, and the highly anticipated ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ presented a perfect opportunity to work with Fathom Events to bring the fans’ wishes to fruition for this special, limited release.”
This is coming thanks in no small part to the fan demand that has arisen over the past few months, asking for a theatrical release of the adaptation, which doesn’t come as all that surprising considering the source material’s beloved nature. From the moment that both Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy were cast in the animated film though, the two most iconic voice actors for both Batman and The Joker, I think it was clear that this wasn’t going to just be another one of the DC animated films that have come out over the past few years. This was going to be something special. If this doesn’t come as just further evidence of that fact too, then I don’t know what does.
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