Batman/Joker fans, DC fans and fans of strong animated pictures in general should be waiting with bated breath for Batman: The Killing Joke, the upcoming animated film that reunites beloved voice actors Mark Hammill and Kevin Conroy as The Joker and Batman respectively.
Those familiar with DC’s 1988 one-shot graphic novel, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland, will know just how important this seriously dark story is to not only Batman’s story, but to our understanding of The Joker.
The tale paints a vivid picture of the Joker’s history, giving us a look at the “one bad day” that turned a family man and comedian into one of the most sadistic and troubling villains Gotham has ever known. But more than that, Batman: The Killing Joke also depicts how ruthless The Joker can be, as he goes about trying to bring down Jim Gordon in any way he can. Jim’s daughter, Barbara Gordon, aka Bat Girl, is one of many that feels the brunt of the villain’s twisted malice.
Having Batman: The Killing Joke come to life as an animated film is a downright exciting prospect. You’ve got Hammill and Conroy, considered by many to be definitive voices for the villain and hero, fascinating source material, and DC reportedly allowing this to go ahead with an R rating (U.S.). Hell yeah.
Check out a teaser trailer and an extended featurette below.