One of the film projects that I’m most looking forward to seeing this year is DC Entertainment’s animated feature film adaptation of Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke. This is one of the most famous and controversial Batman stories ever told, and the fact that it’s finally being brought to life for the fans as an animated film is pretty spectacular. The best part is that Kevin Conroy has come back to provide the voice of Batman and Mark Hamill is once again breathing life into The Joker!
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a teaser trailer for the film along with a behind-the-scenes featurette that gives us our first look at some footage of the movie. The sneak peak includes interviews with the Bruce Timm, Sam Liu, and some of the other crew members talking about what it took to adapt this story into an animated movie. It also includes interviews with Conroy, Hamill, and more. They’ve made a few changes to the story to help it flow a bit better, such as the addition of a new prologue, and they are expanding the role of Barbara Gordon, which makes sense because of the horrific fate that awaits her in the story.
According to the grinning engine of madness and mayhem known as The Joker, that's all that separates the sane from the psychotic. Freed once again from the confines of Arkham Asylum, he's out to prove his deranged point. And he's going to use Gotham City's top cop, Commissioner Jim Gordon, and his brilliant and beautiful daughter Barbara to do it.
Now Batman must race to stop his archnemesis before his reign of terror claims two of the Dark Knight's closest friends. Can he finally put an end to the cycle of bloodlust and lunacy that links these two iconic foes before it leads to its fatal conclusion? And as the horrifying origin of the Clown Prince of Crime is finally revealed, will the thin line that separates Batman's nobility and The Joker's insanity snap once and for all?
It looks like the team of talented artists that worked on this project have done a great job bringing it to life for the fans. Batman: The Killing Joke will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con, and it will most likely be released shortly after that.