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One of the most controversial graphic novels of all time finally gets animated. Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's Batman: The Killing Joke is produced by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and directed by Sam Liu (Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Batman: Year One), and will feature the following voices:

  • Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman (since 1992)
  • Mark Hamill as The Joker (who else?)
  • Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon (reprising role from Beware the Batman and Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman)
  • Ray Wise (Nash in RoboCop, Perry White in Superman: Doomsday) as Commissioner Gordon

As with other adapted works, Alan Moore refuses to be credited in this film.

The film will be rated R and is slated for a July release.

A Sneak Peek at Batman: The Killing Joke

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Y'know Alan Moore might be a brilliant writer, but he never fails to come across as a jaded a-hole. This film couldn't ask for a better group of people working on it. I'm ashamed to admit I've never read the graphic novel, but its pedigree precedes it, and I'm very much looking forward to its release.

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I thought Hamill was done as Joker?

Not that I'm complaining.

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The animation style doesn't quite match up with the narrative. Otherwise, cool.

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Hamil said he would only come back to the role for this film and only this film. He stated that when he retired.

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I hope they cut that stupid scene at the end. It's the one thing that ruins the graphic novel for me.

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I hope they cut that stupid scene at the end. It's the one thing that ruins the graphic novel for me.

What scene?

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I'm reminded of the Batman Beyond movie and how that one was... actually pretty good. I've never read nor care to read the comic, but if this lives up to The Return of the Joker, I'm game. It certainly can't be worse than that OTHER Batman-starring movie...

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Excited, i never read the killing joke, just know about certain scenes.

kajnrig, you should watch:

Under the red hood,

The dark knight returns 1 and 2

Flashpoint paradox

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I saw Flashpoint Paradox a week or so back. Also surprisingly good. (It's still a peeve when DC does grimdark for the sake of grimdark, and so it just comes off as them trying too hard, but either way, that was a pretty good one, too.)

I remember watching the Sub-Zero animated movie way back when, too, which was also surprisingly mature. So hm, maybe I have more reason to check out those than I thought I did. Thanks for the suggestions. :D

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I also liked Batman: Year One

Chris

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This looks more promising then the live action flicks, its the 90s all over again.

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DC Animated can do no wrong.

DCU on the other hand.....EH.

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DC Animated can do no wrong.

DCU on the other hand.....EH.

haven't like their new 52ish incarnations lately and the latest justice league vs teen titans is cringe worthy. The batman stand alones are ok, but nothing like they used to be.

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I know I'll get roasted for saying it by the animation is terrible. Jerky and looks like bad video game animated sequences from years ago.

Mark Hamill's joker voice is superb though. Never would have guessed it was him. I've not seen his other outings as the VA for Joker but just those few lines from this are enough to convince me.

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The animation looks....off.

Hope that's just because of the way the trailer is cut.

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The first trailer IS a really bad trailer. I'm not a big fan of the animation style, either.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold was probably my favorite Batman animated anything I've seen in a while. That show ended far too soon.

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Yeah, the animation quality is probably the worst among all animated Batman releases over the past two decades. Let's just hope the rest of the film is better.

As for other animated Batman stories, I still have a soft spot for Mask of the Phantasm, especially since I saw it in theaters. Under the Red Hood is also very good, except for one flaw: it doesn't have Kevin Conroy.

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Looking forward to it.

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Yeah, the animation quality is probably the worst among all animated Batman releases over the past two decades. Let's just hope the rest of the film is better.

As for other animated Batman stories, I still have a soft spot for Mask of the Phantasm, especially since I saw it in theaters. Under the Red Hood is also very good, except for one flaw: it doesn't have Kevin Conroy.

I still rank Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (the uncut version) as one of the best, if not THE Best, animated Batman film of all time.

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I still rank Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (the uncut version) as one of the best, if not THE Best, animated Batman film of all time.

It gave us the Deedee twins, so I'm prone to agree.

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"Oh shut up, Nana Harley." ;)

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Just a few things to comment on here:

Several shots in the trailer have definitely been slowed down digitally (wish they wouldn't do that!) , hence the choppiness.

Jon Suzuki was the lead designer on TKJ and for the record I think he did an

absolutely stellar job.

Kevin and Mark were WAY at the top of their respective games when they did the voice recordings. As were Tara and Ray. All I can say is, once the movie comes out, if you don't like their performances then you don't like ice cream (if I may paraphrase Sinatra).

Answer studio in Japan animated the film, not Moi -- and I think they did a superb job.

Flat designs? Cheap-looking too-sparse backgrounds? I dunno, I think it's one of the best-looking movies I've ever made. Shrug.

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And at a surprisingly large number of them. I figured like "15 biggest cities only" or something. I'll buy my ticket soon.

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I'll see if my my wife wants to watch this and Star Trek Beyond on that same Monday.

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