Batman: The Killing Joke Coming As an Animated Movie

Following the release of Justice League: Gods and Monsters, the next DC Entertainment animated feature will be Batman: The Killing Joke.

Due out in 2016, the story will be an adaptation of the controversial and acclaimed original graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. In the comics, The Joker escapes Arkham, shoots and paralyzes Barbara Gordon in order to terrorize her father, Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon.

There's no word yet on casting -- the film itself was just announced by Bruce Timm at the Comic Con International: San Diego panel for Justice League: Gods and Monsters -- but veteran Joker actor Mark Hamill has said in the past that he would un-retire the character for an adaptation of The Killing Joke...

A few months ago, heard that a Batman animated feature, which was Joker-heavy, was being cast but that sides for The Joker himself was not being distributed. Assuming it might be The Killing Joke and that Hamill was already cast, we asked around but couldn't find anything publishable.

Recently, the controversy around how Barbara Gordon was treated and how the violence against her is seen by many as sexualized boiled over when a Joker 75th Anniversary variant cover for Batgirl depicted him in the clothes he wore in the book, menacing a helpless Batgirl. The variant was ultimately pulled and not published at the request of the artist.

Other animated films announced for 2016 - Batman: Bad Blood featuring Batwoman, and Justice League vs Titans.

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  1. That second link's not Mark Hamill, it's a fan doing an imitation.

  2. Yeah, ditto on that link. Beeetter correct that. But hey, there's a much much better impersonation on there with the "other" monologue, with the Penguin's death music from Batman Returns.

    • DarkWater
    • 1083 Posts in 22 Months

    Well this just made my day that much better. What's next, will Young Justice get a final movie to end the series? This news is great and all I need to hear now is Mark will be doing the voice of Joker.

    • Wil
    • 27 Posts in 24 Months

    Can we get an animated movie that doesn't feature Batman, Superman or the Justice League? I mean, even the "Flash" and "Aquaman" movies had to be made into Justice League films, and featured Batman heavily. Get your shit together, Bruce Timm! NO MORE BATMAN!!!!!!!!!

    • Flash187
    • 524 Posts in 29 Months

    Im very very excited about there being a Killing Joke adaptation done for DC animation. But am cautiously optimistic. If done in the vein of The Dark Knight Returns DC film or really any of the pre-flashpoint DC films itd be amazing. But ever since flashpoint there "loose" adaptations or films "inspired bye" have been aweful. They blew the Court of Owels and Batman and Son. Both could've been amazing. Same goes for the Justice league. Flashpoint was awesome. But anything I'm just hoping for more like Year One. Hopefully this film sits outside DC animation continuity....

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