In 1988, DC Comics released the one-shot graphic novel “Batman: The Killing Joke,” written by the legendary Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland. “The Killing Joke” provided an origin story for The Joker and had an enormous influence on the Batman franchise. Now, there’s a new R-rated animated adaptation of “The Killing Joke” coming soon, and we have our first look at the masked avenger and his psychotic foe. In the clip below (starting at 3:57), Batman meets Joker in the Arkham Asylum to reason with him, only to be faced with stony silence.
The film is directed by Sam Liu, best known for directing animated films and showsG for both Marvel and Warner Bros. Some of these include “Green Lantern: The Animated Series,” “Justice League: Gods and Monsters,” and “Batman: Year One.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their respective roles as Batman and The Joker from “Batman: The Animated Series. Conroy is probably best known for his work with DC in the Batman, Superman, and Justice League franchises, while Mark Hamill is best known for playing Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’ original “Star Wars” trilogy.
“Batman: The Killing Joke” will have a one-night-only theatrical release on July 25th. It will then be released digitally on July 26th and on DVD and Blu-ray on August 2nd.