The animated feature adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s 1988 graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke is on the way, and the first trailer is right here.
Featuring voice work from renowned Batman and Joker voice artists Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, Batman: The Killing Joke tells the dark tale of The Joker’s decision to attack the Gordon family, an event that leaves Barbara forever changed. Those that have read the graphic novel will also know of how important the story is to our understanding of The Joker’s origins. As he says towards the end of the trailer, “All it takes is one bad day.”
Apart from having Conroy and Hamill reunite to voice their respective characters, the film boasts an R rating (U.S.), meaning we should be getting quite the potent adaptation here. The upcoming extended cut of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the only other Batman feature to come with an R rating on its home turf.
Batman: The Killing Joke will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con, with release dates to follow.
Logline for Batman: The Killing Joke:
As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness.