The Killing Joke

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Alan Moore says he is pretty much done with comics and for many fans it will mark the end of an era in comics much like the Gold and Silver ages. His run on Swamp Thing, The Killing Joke, Watchmen, V For Vendetta, From Hell, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen litter comic book must read lists on the Internet. Don’t fret though, Moore says there are a couple of things left to do before he calls it quits forever on comic books. (more…)

Batman vs Joker

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…)

Select Screenings Of The Killing Joke Announced

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News about the animated adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland‘s classic Batman graphic novel The Killing Joke has been coming thick and fast since its announcement earlier this year. One of the biggest pieces of news regarding the adaptation was the R-rating the film is receiving upon release. Fans are excited to see what Warner Bros. Studios have done with the graphic novel and how they will adapt some of the more iconic scenes from the seminal novel. Everyone is speculating what to expect from the movie and the Nerdbastards team were no exception! A lucky few will even be able to see The Killing Joke on the big screen for one night only!

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If you were to ask any Batman fan to list their top five Batman stories, inevitably, 1988’s ‘The Killing Joke’ will appear on that list.  Chances are, it would be near the top, if not sitting in the top spot itself.  The infamous graphic novel written by Alan Moore, with Brian Bolland taking the illustration duties, is one of the darkest stories written about The Dark Knight and, really, that is saying something.  Somewhat of a dive into the psyche of The Joker, the story manages to tell the origin story of The Clown Prince while simultaneously telling the story of the same man as he attempts to drive Jim Gordon insane in present day.  Any Batman fan knows just how dark the story gets and if the new trailer for the film is any indication, things are going to be pretty true to the story.   (more…)

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Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke is known for many things; a plausible and respected origin story for The Joker, realistic artwork (pushed into the realms of awe inspiring with Bolland’s recolouring,) a classic battle between Batman and the Clown Prince of Crime, and an ambiguous ending that leaves audiences reeling for more. There is one thing however, that stands out from everything else: The stark violence almost stings the retinas of even the most desensitized reader and there was always a question as to whether or not the new animated adaptation could hold up to the novel’s lead. Particularly with it being animated, the violence could have been toned down. Well have no fear, there is good news for fans that paid for blood! (more…)

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One bad day… That’s all it took Alan Moore and Brian Bolland to turn an average Joe into one of  comic books’ greatest and most psychotic villains. The Joker has had multiple incarnations in print,  video game and on screen but very few have attempted to reveal his undoubtedly twisted origin story. The Killing Joke, whether you agree with giving the Joker an origin story or not, is one of the  definitive Batman and Joker comics to date. It still resonates with audiences new and old, even as it  enters its 28th year in print. And this summer, some of the cast and crew of Batman: The Animated  Series are getting the band back together to bring Moore and Bolland’s iconic graphic novel to life. (more…)

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Just as everyone has their favorite Batman (probably Michael Keaton or Christian Bale, depending on your age), everyone also has their favorite Joker. That’s probably either Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger. Who knows? Maybe soon it will be Jared Leto. What? Come on, don’t laugh at that. At least give the guy a chance. Anyway, for children of the 90s, there are a couple other actors who rank highly as great incarnations of the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime. They would be Mark Hamill (perhaps better known as Luke Skywalker) and Kevin Conroy, who first began their roles as two of DC‘s most recognizable characters on Batman: The Animated Series. As a treat to fan everywhere, the two actors are back to voice what is perhaps the most popular story involving the Caped Crusader and the Ace of Knaves, Alan Moore‘s 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke. Check out the new trailer for this exciting project below!

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Even in comic books there are certain absolutes: Uncle Ben stays dead, Krypton was destroyed, and no matter what they do the X-Men are always hated and feared. One of those absolutes used to be the lack of origin for the Joker, or at least a canonical origin of the Joker, but all that will change in the near future when DC Comics will reveal the official origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime. That was just one, but perhaps the most consequential, of numerous announcements pertaining to DC’s Rebirth project at WonderCon this past weekend. (more…)

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We’re not a group that shies away from a fun bit of Batman news, yeah?  As movie-goers start to mentally prepare themselves for the forthcoming Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice experience heading our way next year, it’s important to remember the long print and visual history of The Caped Crusader.  Today we’ve got two fun bits of Bat-news from two very different sources: one dealing with an iconic villain story in comic form making the leap to the “big screen,” and the other with a long-standing question from fans surrounding a cinematic version finally being answered.  Read on to learn more!

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There have been a lot of voices and faces attached to the role of The Joker over the years, some of them good, some of them not-so-much. Everyone has a favorite, however, and Mark Hamill is definitely one of the names that shines the brightest when it comes to bringing life to the animated version of one of Batman’s most infamous of villains. And now it looks like he’ll be returning to give it one more go. What’s more, it’s for an animated adaptation of one of the most-praised story arcs in the Batman world – Batman: The Killing Joke. (more…)