The Killing Joke is one of Batman’s most iconic stories written by Alan Moore in the 80s. Of all the DC animated films based off of graphic novels and various storylines, it was a surprise that it took so long for it to be made into a movie. Announced late last year, The Killing Joke was rumored to release digitally on July 23 and on DVD/Blu-ray on August 2 right around the time Suicide Squad comes to theaters. Now that doesn’t seem to be the case.
It is now being rumored, though not confirmed, that movie will premiere on July 22 at San Diego Comic Con. The digital release will follow on July 26 while the DVD/Blu-ray release date seems to have stayed the same. At the premiere, it is also rumored that a panel with the cast and crew will take place after The Killing Joke has screened. All this news seems to be rumor for now but expect some confirmation soon if this turns out to be true.
The official synopsis of the film was also recently released:
“Witness a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime,” it dares. At the end, it invites fans and audience to “Witness the birth of a super villain, the fortitude of a hero and the punch line that will leave you speechless.”
The Killing Joke changed Batman’s mythos in a big way. Some saw it as one of many possible Joker origins of a failed comedian that turned to a life of crime and blamed Batman for what happened to him in the end. We also saw some of the darkest moments such as Barbara Gordon AKA Batgirl get paralyzed. Most of the live-action DC films since Batman Begins have made nods to the iconic comic in some form or another.
The Killing Joke stars Mark Hamill as the Joker, Tara Strong as Harley Quinn, and Kevin Conroy as Batman/Bruce Wayne. It is rated R.
Are you excited to see the classic story come to life?