Widely regarded as the definitive origin story of The Joker, Batman: The Killing Joke is as about as intense as one-shot graphic novels get. When it comes to the animated adaptation, however, it seems to come up a bit lacking. Lead animator on the project, Bruce Timm, revealed in an interview with Comicbook.com that supplemental plot elements will be added to flesh the story out into a more film-appropriate format. Read on for more details about the project and the video of Timm’s interview.Published in 1988 and written by iconic comic book writer Alan Moore with illustrations by notable artist Brian Bolland, Batman: The Killing Joke utilizes two different timelines to tell the story of The Joker’s attempt to drive Jim Gordon to literal insanity. So far we know that the animated feature film is already in production, features Mark Hamill reprising his role as The Joker, and that the film could be in for an R-rating. What we don’t know, and what Timm tried to explain when he sat down with Comicbook.com at the Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans, is how closely the film will stick to the original graphic novel.
It’s obvious from the interview that Timm is confident in what he and the rest of the team have come up with for sticking with the source material as closely as possible while adding their own original elements. He doesn’t (can’t) reveal much more than that, but does assure us that the movie will live up to his past work in previous Batman animated feature adaptations, including Batman: Year One and The Dark Knight Returns.
The source material is legendary, but thankfully it also seems to be in the most capable of hands. We’ll find out soon enough, when Batman: The Killing Joke premiers at San Diego Comic Con in July 2016!