Warner Bros Unveils First Batman: The Killing Joke Trailer | Redux Reports | Batman
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Warner Bros. has released the first official trailer for their animated “Batman: The Killing Joke” animated movie.
Based on Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s famed comic of the same name, and featuring the voices from the continuing animated Bat story: Kevin Conroy (Batman), Mark Hamill (The Joker), Tara Strong (Batgirl) and Ray Wise (Commissioner Gordon). The comic is well loved and offers one of the sole Joker origin stories. The hapless Jack who can’t win for losing dies and is reborn to his former self as a psychotic clown bent on violence and revelry. The book is also notable for depicting Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl sustaining the injury which paralyzed her legs and changed her from Batgirl to Oracle.
“Batman: The Killing Joke” is set to premiere at Comic-Con International in San Diego this July, with a Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD release later in the year.
About Batman: The Killing Joke
Batman: The Killing Joke is a 2016 American animated superhero film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Featuring the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the twenty-sixth film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. The film is directed by Sam Liu, written by Brian Azzarello and stars the voices of Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong, and Ray Wise. It is the first Batman film to be rated R, for disturbing content and some bloody images by the MPAA.
The film premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 22, 2016. Originally intended to be released directly on home video, but due to its popularity, the film was instead released simultaneously in theaters, on digitally on July 25, 2016, before a DVD and Blu-ray release on August 2, 2016.
The film’s critical reception ranges from mixed to negative. It received negative criticism for its 30-minute original prologue and its portrayal of Batgirl, while the adaptation of the source material was met with more mixed results, though Hamill’s and Conroy’s performances as the Joker and Batman respectively, received praise. It grossed $4.4 million worldwide.