They did it. They finally got around to adapting Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke.
This particular entry into the Batman mythos is rather, shall we say, contentious. People generally either love it or hate it. I’m in the camp that loves the story, but I can see where people wouldn’t (particularly the way it treats Barbara Gordon, which is definitely an aspect of the story that I dislike). I am quite looking forward to this adaption, however.
See, I quite like Batman: The Animated Series. To me, that is really the quintessential Batman, outside of the comics. And it mostly comes down to the performers: Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are 100 percent amazing as Batman and the Joker, respectively.
Well, they’re reprising their roles in The Killing Joke, which I find extremely exciting.
The film is set to be rated R, which some people have thought to be a gimmick based on the success of Deadpool. But I think that it would be more or less impossible to do a non R-rated version of The Killing Joke. A lot of really dark shit happens in the comic, and trying to cut that down to fit a PG or PG-13 rating would change the story.
Of course, because its animated, I’m sure that some parents will end up buying this for their kids anyway, because we have this mentality that if something’s animated or it has to do with superheroes, it has to be for kids. To which I say, please don’t make the same mistake with this that a lot of parents made with Deadpool. The Killing Joke is not, and has never been, intended for a young audience.
The Killing Joke is set to make a premiere this summer at the San Diego Comic Con. There is going to be a digital release on July 23, with the film coming to Blue-Ray on August 2.