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Batman: The Killing Joke Review: What a Huge Letdown

15 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sex and violence gets headlines, but it sure doesn't guarantee a good movie. Warner Bros. Animation comes up woefully short in their R-rated adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's classic comic, Batman: The Killing Joke. The disturbing origin story of the Joker is muddled with soap opera level melodrama. Batgirl is conceptualized as smitten and unsophisticated. This was a poor arc to introduce in the boundary breaking narrative of her character. An opportunity was wasted to tell this grim tale with gravitas.

The Killing Joke opens with Barbara Gordon (Tara Strong) three years into her 'relationship' with Batman (Kevin Conroy). She works as a librarian by day, shunning suitors, and dishing to her gay bestie/coworker. She's infatuated with her yoga teacher, aka the Dark Knight, who likes to be in control. She's fine with that, most of the time. They haven't gone all the way yet. It's not that kind of relationship, »

- MovieWeb

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Review: ‘The Killing Joke’ Turns Batman Into a Bad Boyfriend And Might Wreck Your Childhood

23 July 2016 11:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“It doesn’t have to be good to be a classic.”

While the Joker’s sage words may hold true for a joke, the opposite is more accurate for a film, and “The Killing Joke” won’t reach the classic status of its graphic novel inspiration because it’s simply not that good.

To be fair, the feature-length, R-rated film does just fine when it sticks to the source material. (The above line is a new addition.) But an attempt in the introduction to better paint Barbara Gordon’s motivations — a necessary, if ill-plotted expansion for the sake of time — ends up making the victim even more disposable than before.

[Minor spoilers in the next two paragraphs for what’s new in “Batman: The Killing Joke”]

Read More: ‘The Killing Joke’: New Look At Animated Batman Feature Takes A Trip to Arkham

Opening with Barbara as Batgirl, the film lends her the narrative voice of authority. We watch as she struggles to come to terms »

- Ben Travers

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Comic-Con debut of 'Killing Joke' provokes emotional responses from creators & fans

23 July 2016 11:55 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's Batman: The Killing Joke has been the subject of controversy since its 1988 debut and not surprisingly, its animated counterpart has exacerbated the issue by adding new layers to the story. Before and after the debut screening of the film at San Diego Comic-Con fans reacted and writer Brian Azzarello, director Sam Liu, and producer Bruce Timm addressed the concerns. Fans of the classic story were excited to see it adapted, especially because the R-rated animated feature reunited the voice talents of actors Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as Joker, but even some of them were shocked to see the additions to the tale. Spoilers to follow for The Killing Joke animated film (and the graphic novel of course). I've yet to see the new film but according to reports, a prologue was added to give Barbara Gordon's Batgirl more story. Batgirl »

- Jill Pantozzi

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Sdcc: Justice League Action to include 152 DC Comics characters

23 July 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday, Cartoon Network released a highlight reel to show off its new DC Comics animated series, Justice League Action. Now, thanks to an interview conducted by Slashfilm, we have a few more details about the series, including the revelation that it will feature a whopping 152 different characters from the pages of DC Comics.

That roster includes 60 different heroes, and 40 different villains, according to producer Butch Lukic. While he of course didn’t go into full details about who we could expect to see, he did reveal that while the Trinity of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman would be “featured in most of the stories,” iconic and niche characters would be peppered in throughout the 11-minute episodes.

That list includes favorites like Plastic Man, John Constantine, Lex Luthor, Mr. Freeze, Riddler, Mr. Mxyzptik, Zod, and Darkseid, as well as lesser-knowns like Demons Three, Space Cabby (voiced by Patton Oswalt), Atrocitus, and Steppenwolf. »

- James Garcia

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Spoilers: Batman: The Killing Joke - 5 Things It Got Right And 3 Things It Got Wrong

22 July 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

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Justice League Action Trailer Highlights Humor and Action

22 July 2016 7:12 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The next DC Animated Cartoon Network series has a nice blend of humor, action, and an old school feel!  Check out the highlight trailer for Justice League Action!

Watching this Sdcc 2016 highlight trailer for DC/Cartoon Network's next show, Justice League Action has me itching with anticipation!  It's got everything you'd want from an entertainment standpoint.  Plus, it's got a familiar feel with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill returning to play Batman and Joker.

Justice League Action also has a lot of DC experience with Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) serving as executive producer.  Along with Butch Lukic (Justice League, Batman Beyond), Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) and Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) serving as producers.

The new Cartoon Network animated series Justice League Action looks to debut this fall!

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- feeds@cinelinx.com (Matt Malliaros)

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Sdcc: Watch the Justice League Action sizzle reel

21 July 2016 7:44 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As part of their coverage at the San Diego Comic Con, Cartoon Network has released a sizzle reel for the upcoming animated series Justice League Action. Previously we’ve only seen images of the series, but this is our first look at actual footage. Watch the sizzle reel here…

See Also: New poster for Justice League Action sees the Trinity joined by Green Arrow, Plastic Man, Firestorm and Space Cabbie

Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman lead the DC Comics Super Heroes against their most infamous foes in adventures packed with relentless thrills, fun and action. No need to wait for the good stuff to start, each eleven-minute episode jumps in with lightning-paced action and heroics. Whether defending the Earth, facing invaders from space, or battling the bizarre forces of magic, the always-rotating team of Justice League heroes, are up to any challenge.

Justice League Action will feature the voice talents of Kevin Conroy as Batman, »

- Ricky Church

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Sdcc '16: First Action-Packed Trailer For Cartoon Network's Justice League Action Debuts

21 July 2016 5:59 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

As promised, the producers of Justice League Action debuted the first look at the series to the attendees of Comic-Con 2016. The highlight reel down below gives us our first look at Superman (Jason J. Lewis), Batman (Kevin Conroy), The Joker (Mark Hamill), Lex Luthor (James Woods), and many more of our beloved DC heroes and villains. Cartoon Network revealed that the series will debut this fall, with 11 minute episodes that will feature some of DC's little known heroes, teaming up with the main roster to stop the wrongdoers. Will the series compare to Cartoon Network's 2001 Justice League series? You be the judge of that after watching the first trailer below!  "Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman lead the DC Comics Super Heroes against their most infamous foes in adventures packed with relentless thrills, fun and action. No need to wait for the good stuff to start, each eleven-minute episode jumps in with lightning-paced action and heroics. »

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‘Justice League Action’: First Look At DC Comics-Based Cartoon Network Series – Comic-Con

21 July 2016 5:45 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The producers of Cartoon Network’s upcoming Justice League Action unveiled a first-look at the new series from Warner Bros Animation during the show’s panel today at San Diego Comic-Con. As they unite in live action form in theaters next year in Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman return in animated form to the Cartoon Network series. Today’s panelists included Kevin Conroy, who leads the voice cast as Batman, and Diedrich Bader, who is… »

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'Batman: The Killing Joke' Theatrical Presentation Gets A Second Night!

20 July 2016 7:38 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Thanks to the outpouring of support by hardcore fans, who turned up in droves to get tickets for the "One Night Only" theatrical screening of the new DC animated film Batman: The Killing Joke, Fathom Events has decided to add a second night. It would appear that the hot ticket item garnered such interest that they just had to give fans another chance to check it out.

Batman: The Killing Joke is based on the best-selling graphic novel by Alan Moore, and people are pretty damn excited about it. Here's a snippet from the announcement of a second night:

"Fathom Events, Warner Bros. and DC Comics invite you to a premiere event when Batman: The Killing Joke comes to select cinemas nationwide for a special two-night event on Monday, July 25 and newly added Tuesday, July 26.Batman: The Killing Joke reunites the foundation of Batman: The Animated Series with Bruce Timm returning as executive producer, »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Video: Mark Hamill Went Full On Joker At His Star Wars Celebration Panel And It Was Amazing

16 July 2016 5:28 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Batman: The Killing Joke is so highly anticipated that it's even going to get a limited theatrical release, a first for Warner Bros. Animation's recent DC Comics adaptations. Still, with an R-Rating and Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising the roles of Batman and The Joker respectively, it's not exactly hard to see why there's so much excitement surrounding this particular movie from the studio. During an appearance at Star Wars Celebration yesterday, Hamill talked about why Batman: The Killing Joke isn't suitable for children, why Alan Moore will probably hate it, and finished by launching into a monologue which he flawlessly delivers in character as the Clown Prince of Crime. If this doesn't have you counting down the days until the release of the movie, then nothing will get you excited! Also below if you happen to have a spare hour (and it's well worth finding one to »

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Mark Hamill's Joker Will Return After Batman: The Killing Joke

13 July 2016 1:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Don't worry, Mark Hamill's Joker isn't ready to leave the building just yet! When most people think of Mark Hamill, they instantly associate him with his iconic role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. That is perfectly understandable, because it is him you see playing the part and few, if any movies, have ever been as popular as any of the Star Wars movie he appeared in. But there are a great many fanboys and fangirls out there who will associate him just as much with The Joker, because he has been brilliantly voicing the character for more than 20 years. And it doesn't look like he's ready give it up just yet.

Hamill is again reprising his role as the Clown Prince of Crime in the upcoming animated feature-length adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke. In recent years, Hamill has been flirting with the idea of retiring his work as The Joker, »

- MovieWeb

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Yoga Hosers (2016) Review | Flickering Myth Podcast Mini

8 July 2016 9:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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Luke has seen the second instalment in Kevin Smith’s True North horror comedy trilogy Yoga Hosers, which features Smith and Johnny Depp’s daughters, a load of tiny Kevin Smith bratwurst Nazis (of course), cameos from Kevin Conroy and Stan Lee, and much more…

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Yoga Hosers sees Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp leading a cast that also includes Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the new Black »

- Oli Davis

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Fathom Events Adds 300 More Screens For Batman: The Killing Joke

7 July 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Batman: The Killing Joke is now Fathom Events' largest release in history as the film will play on over 1,000 screens on July 25.  The film will play in these select theaters from 7:30 Pm to 10 Pm.  If you plan on seeing the film in theaters, be careful, it will be released on VOD platforms on July 23.  Despite being adapted from the famous Brian Bolland and Alan Moore graphic novel, director Sam Liu has previously stated that WB Animation had to add what is in essence, a Batgirl prequel film to the story in order to achieve a proper run time. Batman: The Killing Joke will be made available on blu-ray and DVD on August 02.  The one-night only screening will feature a special introduction from Mark Hamil along with a documentary that takes fans behind-the-scenes of the production.   Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy voice the Joker and Batman, respectively.  Tara Strong voices Barbara Gordon. »

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'Batman: The Killing Joke' Becomes Widest Ever Fathom Events Release

7 July 2016 9:56 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Due to overwhelming fan demand and sold out theaters in major markets, more than 300 theater locations have been added for the big-screen debut of Batman: The Killing Joke, now showing at over 1,000 U.S. cinemas and making this the widest rollout for any event in Fathom Events’ history. 

The acclaimed graphic novel-turned-film will be shown for just one night on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time. This event reunites the foundation of “Batman: The Animated Series” with Bruce Timm returning as executive producer, and actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their seminal roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively. In addition to Conroy and Hamill, the feature also stars the voices of Tara Strong (Teen Titans; Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner Gordon.

In addition to the animated feature, audience members will get to »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Batman: The Killing Joke Gets A New Clip Featuring The Joker

7 July 2016 8:51 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness. The new animated movie stars Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong, and Ray Wise as Commissioner James Gordon. “Batman: The Killing Joke” will be available on home video on August 2.

The post Batman: The Killing Joke Gets A New Clip Featuring The Joker appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Rudie Obias

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Is an R Rated Batman a Good Idea?

7 July 2016 8:09 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

This first time I read Batman: Killing Joke, I was barely a teenager. I couldn't make heads or tails of it. Why is everyone in the Batman world so intense? The moody but well meaning Batman I knew had turned outright grim. The graphic novel (correct usage!) (this was actually a graphic novel, not a trade paperback) contained sexual violence and gruesome imagery, and it all hinged on an existential crisis. I wondered if the philosophical discussions between Batman and Joker were canon; isn't Batman supposed to make us happy? Sure the guy is a little sour, but he's still fun, right? Nope, writer Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland seemed to be saying. We should be seriously worried about his mental health.  I was disturbed. I thought it was cool that I was disturbed. I was, as I said, barely a teenager. Alan Moore has since disavowed the book, »

- Jon Davis

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Fathom Sets Its Widest Rollout Ever for ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’

7 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fathom Events has booked 1,075 U.S. cinemas — its widest rollout of all time — for the big-screen debut of the animated film “Batman: The Killing Joke” on July 25, Variety has learned exclusively.

The graphic novel-turned-movie will be shown for a single night at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. This event reunites “Batman: The Animated Series” executive producer Bruce Timm with actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, who are reprising their roles as Batman and the Joker, respectively.

The showings will also include a special introduction from Hamill, a never-before-seen documentary about the actor and his passion for this project, and a behind-the-scenes look at how the Joker’s song and dance number was recreated for this feature.

Fathom specializes in presenting live events for theatrical chains and is co-owned by AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings and Regal Entertainment Group. It’s screened “The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary,” “Finding Noah: An »

- Dave McNary

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‘The Killing Joke’: New Look At Animated Batman Feature Takes A Trip to Arkham

6 July 2016 12:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In 1988, DC Comics released the one-shot graphic novel “Batman: The Killing Joke,” written by the legendary Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland. “The Killing Joke” provided an origin story for The Joker and had an enormous influence on the Batman franchise. Now, there’s a new R-rated animated adaptation of “The Killing Joke” coming soon, and we have our first look at the masked avenger and his psychotic foe. In the clip below (starting at 3:57), Batman meets Joker in the Arkham Asylum to reason with him, only to be faced with stony silence.

Read More: ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Trailer: First Look At The R-Rated Animated Film Of The Iconic Graphic Novel

The film is directed by Sam Liu, best known for directing animated films and showsG for both Marvel and Warner Bros. Some of these include “Green Lantern: The Animated Series,” “Justice League: Gods and Monsters,” and “Batman: Year One. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Batman has a sit-down with the Joker in first Batman: The Killing Joke clip

5 July 2016 8:01 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Talk of an animated adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s "Batman: The Killing Joke" went on for several years before Bruce Timm, Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy finally all joined forces to bring us the real deal. Batman: The Killing Joke will see Kevin Conroy starring as the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne, Mark Hamill as the Joker, and Tara Strong as Batgirl/Barbara... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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