For years, Alan Moore’s Batman story “The Killing Joke” has been hailed as one of the greatest stories in Batman Canon. It provides a unique and horrifying look at the world of The Joker, and its lasting moments have molded how fans see the Joker.
In 2009, DC attempted to make an animated adaptation of the film, but with the commercial failure of Watchmen, DC scrapped the project. Last year DC annouced that they would once again begin this project, and with it, they would use the iconic voices of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill.
Earlier today, DC Arist Phil Bourassa shared the following on his Instagram account, possibly giving fans the first look at The Joker for the film:
“In 2009 I started working on an animated adaptation of The Killing Joke under the supervision of legendary Animation artist Bruce Timm. Two weeks into the project we were told to stop development because The Watchmen had underperformed at the box office and WB had lost faith in R rated superhero movies. Happy to say that you guys are gonna finally get your animated Killing Joke adaptation in 2016. Apparently enough money has been made from superhero movies and adaptations of comics of every stripe that it now transcends the previously assumed limitations of the genre. It’s a good time to be a comic geek! #dcentertainment#wbanimation #killingjoke #joker#brianbolland #alanmoore #comics#animation“
While the post itself isn’t 100% clear if this piece is for the 2009 work he did, or the current 2016 film, but given that the style used is more akin to his recent work, its highly likely that it is indeed the current film. The photo itself is clearly an uncompleted drawing, but it gives fans enough to imagine how the rest of it will turn out. Warner Bros. has reportedly already given the filmmakers the go-ahead to make the film rated R, which to fans is a dream come true for this iconic adaptation.
Batman: The Killing Joke is currently set for an unspecified 2016 release date.