Batman: The Killing Joke

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Looking at the live action Batman movies of the last-quarter century we’ve had eight different movies starring five different actors as the Dark Knight Detective and his alter ego billionaire Bruce Wayne. That may be why for a generation of people, the only real definitive Batman is the man behind the voice behind the cowl, Kevin Conroy, who first “appeared” as the Caped Crusader in 1992 when Batman: The Animated Series premiered on Fox Kids. Conroy was one of a number of celebrity guests as the recent Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, and at a press event he talked about his Batman legacy, and why no one person is the definitive Dark Knight.  (more…)

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In a world of ever-increasing superhero movies, there are times where the film will not jive 100% with the source material, especially with live action adaptations. As great as our film-making technology has gotten, this is still the world of the fantastical. At times, the films are slated to be more in “the real world” or at least toned down a little. Sometimes the story-line doesn’t mesh 100% completely with what was within the comic. Take, for example, Captain America: Civil War, due to corporate reasons and film rights issues, not every character could be in the film adaptation of that comic book crossover event. However, the film adaptation uses the “less is more” approach and made one hell of a film that ended up, arguably, better than the source material. Batman v Superman also took liberties with the story-lines it borrowed from to try and make a complete film. That’s just how it goes with adapting and transferring a story from one medium to another.

In animation, there are even more liberties that can be taken in regards to adapting a comic book. For one, the animation visually looks similar to the comic book, as even casual fans find it easier. Instead of comics that are read from page to page, they are viewed in animation form and it’s easier on the eyes. Also with animation, the studios have been doing it for a longer time and thus have more experience in this form of storytelling. We’ve only had “really good” superhero films for the better part of the last decade, while we’ve had really good animation for much longer. Simply put, the studios are better at doing it in animation form. No one has had more practice (and success) than the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. They simply know their source material and have done a stellar job in their direct-to-video films surrounding DC Comics properties. With more than 28 films under their belt, they have gotten very good at what they do.

Which is why their latest adaptation, Batman: The Killing Joke is such a letdown. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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The one day Fathom Events screening of Batman: The Killing Joke has started selling tickets at a theater hopefully close to you. The new animated film will premiere at San Diego Comic Con on July 22nd and be shown in theaters across the United States on July 25th as a one night showing. That means you should probably go ahead and get your tickets now, just in case. (more…)

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All eyes are on the summer release of Batman: The Killing Joke, not only is it an adaptation of one of the most seminal stories in the history of the Dark Knight, but it’s the first DC Comics Animated Universe movie to be R-rated. Given the material, that shouldn’t be very surprising, but might the work on this project be inspiring the filmmakers behind these films to explore further more dark materials? Good question, and one that looks to be answered on the upcoming Blu-ray release of The Killing Joke, which includes a hint as to the identity of the next DCAU film, Justice League Dark. (more…)

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It’s one of the most well-known Batman stories ever written, one that’s influenced the comics, the movies and all other Batman ephemera for almost 30 years now, and as you’re undoubtedly already aware, Batman: The Killing Joke is coming soon to a Blu-ray player near you. Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment announced last year that they were taking on the seminal Alan Moore and Brian Bolland story and bringing it to life in a new animated film, and now you’re only a few months away from seeing it for yourself. Mark your calendars, because Warners knows exactly when you’ll get your chance to see The Killing Joke. (more…)

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We are just days away from the release of Batman V. Superman. Out of pure anticipation, we’re sure that a lot of you want to watch all of DC’s movies leading up to this one. Taking on such a task is pretty daring, as DC’s film library over the years is simply massive. Even if you’ve seen all of their theatrical movies, there’s still quite a few high-quality animated films that never hit the big screen. Direct-to-Video films like Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and Batman: Under the Red Hood can provide fans with enough action to wet any fan’s appetite before March 25th’s main course. As if there weren’t already enough awesome animated Batman films, a first look at the newest one was released today by none other than the Joker himself.

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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. (more…)