For years, fans have been begging for a DC Animated Movie based on Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke. Even Mark Hamill, fan favorite for his portrayal of the animated Joker, has been gunning for this to happen. Finally, DC announced that this is happening with not only Mark Hamill as the Joker, but Kevin Conroy as the Bat himself. Rounding out the cast, Ray Wise will be voicing Commissioner Gordon and Tara Strong will be Batgirl.
Batman: The Killing Joke features Joker escaping Arkham Asylum and messing with the heads of Batman and Commissioner Gordon at Barbara Gordon’s expense. The book also gives the Joker’s back story. The comic is renowned for its particularly dark nature and twist on the idea of sanity.
Recently, DC announced that the movie will run 72 minutes long, which is consistent with their other animated films. If you’ve read the comic, you may be wondering how this is going to work, as it isn’t the longest comic in the world. Well, the movie will have a fifteen minute prologue specifically featuring Batgirl.
Barbara Gordon is integral to the climax of The Killing Joke, so hopefully, giving her this extra screen time will flesh out her character more, and give her some more depth. The comic is very male driven, with Batman, Gordon, and the Joker being the primary characters. The book did feature the Joker’s wife in his backstory, but other than that, there are no women. I’m excited to see what this movie holds in store for Barbara.
Are you excited to be able to see Batman: The Killing Joke? Let me know in the comments!