After plenty of news stories and interviews, including some potentially behind the scenes goodies regarding some of the adaptation of the story from the graphic novel, DC Comics animated movie Batman: The Killing Joke saw its first trailer released from Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Entertainment.
Part of what makes this so terribly exciting is that this is an adaptation from one of the greatest graphic novels in all of DC from the minds of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. With its violence and the psychological terror depicted in its pages, some would argue that Moore’s story and Bolland’s artwork truly captured the madness that was The Joker, and also showing why he truly was Batman’s greatest nemesis.
The other reason why fans are chomping at the bit for this film is that it sees the return of probably the two most iconic voice actors ever to be heard in any of the Batman animated shows, that being Kevin Conroy as the Dark Knight and Mark Hamill as The Joker. The two have worked together off and on since the early 90’s Batman: The Animated Series, and because those were aired on television they needed to have a certain “lightness” to them, and while Hamill’s portrayal of The Joker was always regarded as the most enjoyable among fans, it was still played with an emphasis towards warped humor and less on violent crimes. However, given that this film is to be released direct to home video, Hamill and Conroy both take their parts to a newer, darker level than previously seen or heard.
Alan Moore’s text is used directly, word for word, in the trailer’s dialogue, starting with Batman’s monologue of “I’ve been thinking…” The Joker’s only line of dialogue in the trailer is the ominous, “All it takes is one bad day…” which is him describing the difference between Batman and himself.
The film has received an R Rating, a first for DC’s animated films.
Batman: The Killing Joke is expected on Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD in July 2016.
Does this trailer live up to your expectations? What about the R rating? Should Warner Bros. have worked on a way to make it more palatable for a PG audience?
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