In 1988, famed writer graphic novelist Alan Moore (“Watchmen,” “V For Vendetta”) wrote the widely-acclaimed one-shot graphic novel “Batman: The Killing Joke.” Though the graphic novel has been controversial since its release, especially the brutal treatment of Barbara Gordon (or Batgirl) who is paralyzed by the Joker, it is considered by many critics to be the definitive Joker story, as it introduces a tragic origin story and delves deep into the villain’s psychology, and one of the very best Batman stories ever published. It’s now been adapted into an R-rated direct-to-video animated film. Watch the trailer for the film above.
Directed by Sam Liu, who has directed many animated films for Marvel Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, “Batman: The Killing Joke” will feature the voice stylings of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as Batman and Joker respectively, both of whom have voiced the characters in “Batman: The Animated Series.” The movie will also feature Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, who has played the character in “The New Batman Adventures,” a continuation of “Batman: The Animated Series,” as well as several direct-to-video Batman movies, and Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks”) as Commissioner Gordon.
“Batman: The Killing Joke” will premiere at Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer before its release on Blu-ray and DVD later in the year.