New Batman: The Killing Joke Image Shows Batgirl

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A new image of Batgirl (voiced by Tara Strong) in Warner Bros. Animation's upcoming film Batman: The Killing Joke has been posted (via Gary Miereanu) online. It's actually a screencap from a sequence in the film that Jay Oliva (Flashpoint Paradox) worked on.

I, like many others that are fans of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's 1988 graphic novel, are very curious to see how this R-rated, animated adaptation handles Batgirl's portion of the tale. In it, The Joker shows up at Barbara Gordon's apartment and shoots her. While she's lying on the ground paralyzed, The Joker undresses her and snaps photos. He later uses the images of a wounded Barbara to torment her father, Commissioner James Gordon.

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What does it take for a person to snap? How much despair for a mind to fracture? These are the twisted questions that The Joker has set out to answer, to show Gotham that even an ordinary man like Commissioner Gordon is only one bad day away from sheer insanity. Based on the acclaimed DC Comics graphic novel, witness a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime. Follow his humble beginnings as a struggling comic to his fateful encounter with the Dark Knight that changed everything. Fueled by the return of Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker, witness the birth of a super villain, the fortitude of a hero and the punch line that will leave you speechless.

The voice cast features Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong, Ray Wise, John DiMaggio, Robin Atkin Downes, Brian George, JP Karliak, Andrew Kishino, Nolan North, Maury Sterling, Fred Tatasciore, Bruce Timm, Anna Vocino, Kari Wahlgren, and Rick Wasserman. It was directed by Sam Liu and executive produced by Bruce Timm, based on a script written by Brian Azzarello.

Batman: The Killing Joke will officially come home on Digital HD on July 26, 2016, and Blu-ray and DVD on August 2, 2016. A special Deluxe Edition of the Blu-Ray combo pack will run $29.96, and includes a limited edition figurine of The Joker. The regular pack runs $24.98, and DVD runs $19.98.