DC-Ember #112: Batman: The Killing Joke

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Time for one of the biggest DC animated movies of recent memory, Batman: The Killing Joke:

Batman The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke is a 2016 American animated superhero film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Featuring the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the twenty-sixth film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. The film is directed by Sam Liu, written by Brian Azzarello and stars the voices of Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong and Ray Wise. It is the first DC Universe animated film to have an R-rating.

The film premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 22, 2016. Originally intended to be released directly on home video, the film was instead released simultaneously in theaters, on home video, and digitally on July 26, 2016, before a DVD and Blu-ray release on August 2, 2016.

As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness.

Based on one of the most acclaimed Batman stories of all time by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, this is as close to the graphic novel as you could possibly get, the scenes look very similar to the ones from the graphic novel, the voice acting with Kevin Conroy’s Batman and Mark Hamill’s Joker using these lines are brilliantly done, the animation, while choppy sometimes, is pretty solid, it’s like you’re watching The Killing Joke come to life as it is in the graphic novel, this movie is almost best of the year territory…

…of course, I would be saying that if the first half hour of this wasn’t fucking terrible.

Yes, the first 30 minutes are just as bad as you’ve been hearing. They basically added an incredibly pointless prologue for Barbara Gordon that is not needed at all, anybody who’s watching this already knows everything they need to know about Batgirl that hasn’t already been said but no, we need to stretch this runtime to feature length so let’s just have Barbara & Bruce fuck each other…no really…and not only that, let’s take Barbara Gordon, a strongly written female character in all the other adaptations, and turn her into a whiny bitch. That’s what really sucks about this prologue, they took one of the few badass animated female characters and turned her into a wuss, to the point where Tara Strong’s easily distinguishable voice as Batgirl suddenly literally changes over to Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony. And I know Tara Strong is one of the best voice actresses out there but even she can’t save this prologue from taking the focus out of the more interesting storyline.

I actually watched the Killing Joke part of this first and then went back and watched the first 30 minutes, I’m telling you, folks, if you’re going to watch this, start it 30 minutes in, once the rain starts falling and it becomes Killing Joke, that’s all you need to watch from that point on. Avoid the first half hour, enjoy the rest of the film for what it is.

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