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Batman: The Killing Joke, 2016.
Directed by Sam Liu.
Based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name, Batman: The Killing Joke takes a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. Years later, and now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker devises a plan to prove that one bad day can make anyone as insane as he is – setting his sights on Commissioner Gordon. It’s up to the Dark Knight to put a stop to The Joker’s latest scheme and save one of Gotham City’s finest. Following a gripping prologue introducing Barbara Gordon’s heroic adventures alongside Batman as Batgirl, Batman: The Killing Joke »
- Ricky Church
Ever since his comic book debut in 1939, Batman has emerged as one of the most culturally relevant and beloved superhero characters of all time. His adventures have spanned films, animated series, video games and assorted other multimedia platforms that have expanded his popularity to virtually every demographic, and accordingly, Gotham City has been reimagined as everything from the “Bam! Pow!” campiness of the 1960s TV series to the brooding Dark Knight trilogy. Yet, despite the Caped Crusader’s ubiquity across popular culture, few of his stories have become as controversial as Batman: The Killing Joke.
The 1988 one-shot graphic novel — written by Watchmen genius Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland — attempts to shed some light on the Joker’s mysterious past, exploring the very concept of what could lead a person to madness. For years, the possibility of an animated adaptation seemed like nothing short of a pipe dream, especially »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
It’s fashionable to update a film or cartoon to account for contemporary mores – but however well intentioned, the original sexism or racism tends to stick. It’s time for new faces to tell entirely new stories
I’m not much of a fan of the original 1988 Alan Moore/Brian Bolland graphic novel The Killing Joke. But I was blown away by just how wretchedly awful the cartoon remake – previewed at Comic-Con and with a limited cinema release on Monday – is.
Director Sam Liu and writer Brian Azzarello have added a half hour of new story on to the beginning of the narrative, in which they methodically turn Batgirl into a clumsy agglomeration of misogynist tropes. Pursued by a creepy stalker mafia tough-guy villain, Batgirl makes amateurish mistake after amateurish mistake, prompting Batman to sneer to her face that the bad guy “led you like a lap dog”.
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- Noah Berlatsky
Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the Fathom Events special presentation of the new DC Animated film Batman: The Killing Joke. Based on the iconic book written by Alan Moore, and featuring the now-legendary voice talent of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as The Dark Knight and The Joker, respectively, the film had everything going for it. It was even curiously touted as a Bruce Timm film, despite the fact that primary directing credit goes to Sam Liu.
Moore, Conroy, Hamill, Timm.
Hallowed names, to be sure. So what could go wrong?
A lot, apparently.
Right off the bat, I couldn't shake the sense that the animation was too stiff; too emotionless. What looks cool in a single frame, or as a comic book panel, looks stilted and cold in motion. That created an instant obstacle for me, but still, I tried my best to get sucked in. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
“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
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
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. »
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
An R-rated, animated adaptation of Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland‘s “Batman: The Killing Joke” is almost here. Towards the end of the month, Sam Liu‘s (co-director of Batman: Year One) film will play in theaters for one night only, before it hits DVD and Blu-Ray the following week. The first clip released for the feature doesn’t show us […]
The post ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Clip: Who Will Kill Who? appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
In just a few short weeks, fans from all over the world will be descending upon Comic-Con 2016 in San Diego, to get a glimpse at some of the most highly-anticipated movies and TV shows. One of the Con's annual traditions is the world premiere of a new Warner Bros.' DC animated movie, with the studio unveiling Batman: The Killing Joke this year. While we get ready for the premiere, and its release on Blu-ray and DVD on August 2, the studio has released the first clip, featuring Batman and his iconic nemesis, The Joker.
The clip debuted during the latest episode of DC Entertainment's YouTube series DC All Access, featuring Batman (Kevin Conroy) visiting Arkham Asylum, to have a little chat with The Joker (Mark Hamill). We also get a glimpse at Harvey Dent's cell, with this villain's hand reaching through the bars to scratch at his prison cell door. »
"Batman: The Killing Joke", a 1988 one-shot graphic novel featuring 'Batman' and the 'Joker', written by Alan Moore ("Watchmen"), illustrated by Brian Bolland and published by DC Comics, has topped the May 2016 comic book sales chart, in anticipation of the upcoming R-rated, direct-to-video animated release, directed by Sam Liu and Bruce Timm, available digitally July 23, 2016, and on DVD/Blu-ray August 2, 2016:
"...set in the city of 'Gotham', this origin story for supervillain the Joker, is loosely adapted from the 1951 story arc 'The Man Behind the Red Hood!', taking place over two timelines.
"The Joker is depicted attempting to drive police officer 'Jim Gordon' insane as Batman desperately tries to stop him.
"Created by Moore as his own take on Joker's source and psychology, the story became famous for its origin of the Joker as a tragic character...
"...a family man and failed comedian who suffered 'one »
- Michael Stevens
Thanks to the looming release of the Suicide Squad and WB Animation's adaptation of the Alan Moore and Brian Bolland masterpiece, Batman: The Killing Joke was the best selling graphic novel for the month of May. Though it's undoubtedly receiving a boost from both films, it's still an impressive feat considering the controversial story was released 28 years ago. In related news, the World Premiere of the animated adaptation has been confirmed for Friday, July 22, at Sdcc. That's one day before the film is made available for purchase on select digital platforms. An exact time and room location have yet to be released, so check back when the official Sdcc schedule is posted sometime in the coming weeks. Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy voice the Joker and Batman, respectively. Tara Strong voices Barbara Gordon. Sam Liu directs, while Bruce Timm serves as executive producer. The film will be the 25th release »
Burbank, CA (June 3, 2016) – Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC Universe Original Movie – this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke – on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel discussion among available members of the core cast and filmmaking team. The celebrity-laden cast is led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars franchise) as they reprise their seminal roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively, as well as Tara Strong (Teen Titans; Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner Gordon. Batman: The Killing Joke is directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. Teen Titans »
- ComicMix Staff
If you're one of the many that is going to be attending the annual San Diego Comic-Con (not me, though, womp womp womp), Warner Brothers has a present for you. Let me clear that up: no, this isn't something crazy like a teaser trailer for Justice League or Green Lantern or something, although that could happen on a different day. Instead, fans who attend the con on Friday will be able to sit down for a full blown premiere of the animated film Batman: The Killing Joke.
Check out the press release below:
Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC UniverseOriginal Movie – this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke – on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego.The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel »
- Nicholas Williams
Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC Universe Original Movie - this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke - on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego. The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel discussion among available members of the core cast and filmmaking team. The celebrity-laden cast is led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars franchise) as they reprise their seminal roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively.
The cast also includes Tara Strong (Teen Titans; Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner Gordon. Warner Bros.' Batman: The Killing Joke is directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. Teen Titans »
When developing their animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke, executive producer Bruce Timm stated that they had two options - pad out the Alan Moore's storyline or craft a short introduction to Batgirl before the events of The Killing Joke begins. According to Timm, it would have been a bit sacrilegious to tamper with the source material so he, director Sam Liu and the rest of the creative team chose the latter option. "We thought if we were going to expand this to feature length, we didn’t want to just pad out the original story by putting in a bunch of stuff between sequences of the story, because it’s literally a whole other half of movie that we could add. So we took that opportunity to basically tell a Batgirl story, which we don’t often get a chance to do these days. And it was great, »
Though DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have had a little bit of a rocky start to their live action extended universe films, with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice under whelming fans and critics alike and underperforming at the box office, they are miles ahead of the competition with their animated features. For years, DC's animated films have been an excellent representation of their source material and have told stories fans have wanted to see for years, and their latest feature, Batman: The Killing Joke, is taking on one of the most classic comic stories of all time. Not to mention that the film, which will be coming out on Blu Ray this August, will be rated R.
Burbank, CA (May 12, 2016) – Delve into the demented history of the Dark Knight’s arch nemesis – The Joker – as he sets out to prove insanity is only a horrifying moment away for anyone in the latest DC Universe Original Movie, Batman: The Killing Joke. Based on one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time, this R-rated, feature-length animated film brings together some of the key creative team behind Batman: The Animated Series with executive producer Bruce Timm at the helm and Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill returning to their seminal roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Batman: The Killing Joke arrives August 2, 2016 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.
- ComicMix Staff
We've known for months that DC was working on an animated adaptation for one of the darkest stories in the Batman series, The Killing Joke. Today, we finally know that we'll be getting our hands on the Blu-Ray Combo Pack on July 26, 2016! As for digital users, you'll get it a bit earlier when it lands on July 23, 2016!
The news comes from the Press Release from DC, that you can read below:
Delve into the demented history of the Dark Knight’s arch nemesis – The Joker – as he sets out to prove insanity is only a horrifying moment away for anyone in the latest DC Universe Original Movie, Batman: The Killing Joke. Based on »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
Last week, Warner Bros. gave fans a new look at the highly-anticipated DC Universe Original Movie Batman: The Killing Joke, which is the first DC animated movie to be Rated R. Anticipation for this adaptation of Alan Moore's iconic graphic novel has been growing ever since. But the studio hadn't announced a release date until today. We have a new photo of The Joker, voiced by Mark Hamill, the Blu-ray artwork, and word that this superhero adventure will hit Blu-ray August 2.
Entertainment Weekly has unveiled this new photo of The Joker, along with details about the bonus features that will be included on the Blu-ray and Digital HD (which debuts a few weeks earlier on July 23). The deluxe edition will include bonus episodes of The New Batman Adventures and Batman: The Animated Series, along with two featurettes, Madness Set to Music and Many Shades of the Joker: The Tale of the Killing Joke. »
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