First Official Trailer For ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Is Here

Batman: The Killing Joke is arguably one of the highly anticipated films of the year. The movie is adapting a novel that was know for its controversial story line. Bruce Timm will helm the project and Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy and Tara Strong will star. This marks a huge Batman: The Animated Series reunion.

Bruce Timm is mainly known for creating the first superhero connected universe with Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Static Shock and Batman Beyond were also apart of that universe.

A few weeks ago we received our first look at Batman: The Killing Joke, witha ten minute behind the scenes video and that was later transformed into a quick teaser by a fan. Now Yahoo has exclusively revealed a one minute long trailer. You can check out the trailer below!


Synopsis for the original Graphic Novel:

Batman: The Killing Joke is a 1988 one-shot graphic novel featuring the characters Batman and the Joker written by Alan Moore, illustrated by Brian Bolland, and published by DC Comics. Set in the fictional U.S. city of Gotham, Batman: The Killing Joke provides an origin story for the supervillain the Joker, loosely adapted from the 1951 story arc “The Man Behind the Red Hood!”. Taking place over two timelines, The Killing Joke depicts the Joker attempting to drive Jim Gordon insane and Batman’s desperate attempt to stop him.

Created by Moore as his own take on Joker’s source and psychology, the story became famous for its origin of the Joker as a tragic character; a family man and failed comedian who suffered “one bad day” that finally drove him insane. Moore stated that he attempted to show the similarities between the two characters. The story’s effects on the mainstream Batman continuity also included the shooting and paralysis of Barbara Gordon (a.k.a. Batgirl), an event that laid the groundwork for her to develop the identity of Oracle.

Batman: The Killing Joke hits Blu-Ray and Digital this Summer!



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  • Marquis de Sade

    Will definitely be adding this to my DC Animation collection. Their dceu cinematic efforts so far are lackin’, but their straight to dvd/blu-ray cartoons are the shytt!

    • Carl

      I liked Gods and Monsters a lot. Did you see the 3 web shorts they made for it? I read that Bruce Timm is doing a web series based on that soon.

  • JMMagwood

    Looks fantastic. What a great year to be a DC fan!

  • Not going to lie, this animation looks shoddy. It doesn’t look anywhere near the level of stuff like Under the Red Hood and Batman: Bad Blood. Makes me wonder if this production was rushed. The story is great, which has me excited, but I was really let down when I saw the quality in this trailer.

  • Carl

    I’m sure it’ll be great because it’s a good story and Bruce Timm is working on it but that animation is really poor quality. The budget must be very tight on this project.

    It’s really a shame that traditional animation has all but died. Most stuff out there now is poorly animated. I watch the new episodes of Dragon Ball Super and that animation is worse than the show from the 90s.

    That’s why I supported the Dragon’s Lair movie indiegogo project. Hopefully Don Bluth & Gary Goldman can make this a big success and show investors that people still like traditional animation. It’s a long shot though.