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‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Honest Trailer Claims The ‘Joke Is On Us’ With This Wannabe Edgy Misfire

The R-rated animated film tries really hard to live up to its rating.

Batman: The Killing Joke

Warner Bros.

From the division of Warner Bros. that is “still making good superhero movies” comes “Batman: The Killing Joke” and its new ridiculous Honest Trailer, courtesy of Screen Junkies.

The animated film, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, tells the story of the Joker’s origin, from his days as a struggling comic to his first encounter with Batman. Remaining true to the comic’s violent story, the film is rated R and brings “DC Cinematic level storytelling to the DC Animated universe, plus a dash of ‘Lego Batman’ of good measure,” according  to the satirical trailer. 

READ MORE: Review: ‘The Killing Joke’ Turns Batman Into a Bad Boyfriend And Might Wreck Your Childhood

The the joke is on us because this “wannabe, edgy misfire that looks like a fan-made flash animation” is a major dud. This new adaptation takes “the greatest Joker story ever told and adds new non-Joker characters like a generic mob boss and his dumb nephew, with his dumb nephew name” and tries really, really had to live up to its R-rating. It even adds an unexpected steamy scene between Batman and Batgirl, prompting Screen Junkies to call it a “below-average extended episode of the animated series.”

Starring “Badman & Cradle Robbin’,” Bratgirl, ‘90s gay best friend and kilgrave, don’t miss the four-minute Honest Trailer for the straight-to-DVD animated film below.

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