We finally get the chance to see the official trailer for “Batman: The Killing Joke.”
This animated film is the adaptation to Alan Moore’s DC graphic novel of the same title and its first trailer can be seen exclusively in Yahoo! Movies.
The story of the film revolves around the legendary face-off between Batman and The Joker. The trailer implies that one of them is going to die. To this effect, the Clown Prince of Crime kidnaps and torments Commissioner James Gordon and Barbara Gordon or Batgirl in order to drive Batman into killing him. The Caped Crusader is known to have a “no kill” policy when engaging in missions to track down and incarcerate (or at least deliver them to the police’s doorsteps) every criminal in Gotham City. In a previously released teaser trailer, Gordon warns Batman of The Joker’s insane and unpredictable nature as the Dark Knight decides to interrogate the criminal clown.
It is important to note that this is the first DC animated film to receive an R-rating, as confirmed by Warner Bros. In an article by Jay Jayson from ComicBook, the film’s executive producer Bruce Timm also made mention that they had to add some parts to the original story:
“The source material is really not long enough to make an entire feature film out of so we actually had to add a lot more story to it. Which is tricky. But I think we came up with a really good solution on how that worked.”
Kevin Conroy will lend his voice for Bruce Wayne and Batman while Mark Hamill will be responsible for the voice of Joker. Both reprise their respective roles from “Batman: The Animated Series.” Ray Wise and Tara Strong will also do voice acting for James and Barbara Gordon respectively. Director Sam Liu will direct the latest animated adaptation and his previous work was this year’s “Justice League vs. Teen Titans.”
The writer for the controversial yet critically acclaimed 1988 graphic novel of which this animated film is based from is Alan Moore, along with Brian Bolland. Moore is responsible for giving us graphic novels that were adapted to films such as Constantine, The Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
“Batman: The Killing Joke” will be made available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The DC comic universe animation will debut on this year’s San Diego Comic-Con which is scheduled on July 21 until 24.