Batman: The Killing Joke official trailer has finally been released. The DC Comics Warner Bros. animated feature film is based on The Killing Joke story, perhaps one of the most iconic and controversial Batman stories.
After several failed attempts to adapt the storyline into an animated or live-action film, someone has finally succeeded. According to Screen Rant, the 1-minute 25-second trailer teases the intensity of a legendary rivalry and the idea that a single bad day can break even the best person.
According to Vox, the film will push Batman to the brink as he deals with Joker, who photographs and paralyzes Batgirl/Barbara Gordon and kidnaps Commissioner Gordon, Barbara’s father, then forces him to look at photos of her daughter’s suffering. Batman knows that their struggle will never end until one of them bites the dust.
From the beginning, the trailer gets you off your seat, with Batman visiting The Joker’s cell and asking him who will survive their ongoing battle. The trailer shows scenes of Barbara Gordon and Commissioner Gordon taken hostage in trademark Joker style full of bizarre showmanship. It also includes epic fights between Joker and Batman with backdrops reminiscent of horror movies. The trailer concludes with the Joker uttering his infamous “One Bad Day” line.
Batman: The Killing Joke animated film will feature the tandem of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as Batman and The Joker, respectively. The duo’s performance in the Arkham Asylum video games series gained popularity among fans and will be another reason to watch the film. Joining them will be Tara Strong as the voice of Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise as Commissioner Gordon.
The animation will feature similar artwork from Batman: The Animated Series but will be given a darker atmosphere. The art, coupled with Hamill’s iconic cackle as The Joker, will definitely raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Director Sam Liu and producer Bruce Timm seemed undecided if the extremely dark premise of the film would earn it an R-rating. Nevertheless, having been in the works since 1989, a film that will perfectly portray the iconic and disturbing storyline has been long overdue.
Batman: The Killing Joke will premiere this summer at the San Diego Comic-Con International and will be available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital HD.
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