The long-awaited release of one of the most memorable Batman stories ever – Batman: The Killing Joke – is almost upon us. In just a few short weeks some lucky folks will be able to check it out on the big screen. The rest of us, however, will likely just be picking up a hard copy when they’re released a week later. But, to whet our appetites, the folks at DC are giving us a small taste. Check out a short video and a few minutes of The Killing Joke in the video below.
The Killing Joke clip starts at 3:57, btw, just in case you felt like skipping to the good bits.
Put together by writer Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland, The Killing Joke promises to be a much darker look into the Batman universe. In addition, long-time fans of the animated Batman series and flicks will be pleased to know that both Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill have returned to voice Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively.
For those of you unfamiliar with the story of Batman: The Killing Joke, here’s a handy-dandy synopsis for you to read:
Based on the acclaimed DC graphic novel of the same name, Batman: The Killing Joke takes a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. Years later, and now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker devises a plan to prove that one bad day can make anyone as insane as he is – setting his sights on Commissioner Gordon. It’s up to the Dark Knight to put a stop to The Joker’s latest scheme and save one of Gotham City’s finest. Following a gripping prologue introducing Barbara Gordon’s heroic adventures alongside Batman as Batgirl, Batman: The Killing Joke stays true to the authentic tale that has held fans’ imaginations for nearly three decades – spotlighting the birth of a Super-Villain, the fortitude of a Super Hero and the punchline that will leave you speechless.
Check out the full version of Batman: The Killing Joke at a local theater (on July 25th) or pick it up on Blu-ray/DVD when it gets a release on August 2nd.
Source: DC Entertainment