Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)


the-killing-joke“I’m not exactly sure what happened. Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another. If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!” – The Joker

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Sep 2016)

Brief Synopsis – As the Batman chases after the Joker to make him pay for his crimes, we also get to learn what potentially made the villain who he was.

My Take on it – This is truly another great addition to the whole Batman canon of the DC/WB animation films.

WE get to learn so much about Batman, Batgirl, The Joker and Commissioner Gordon by everything that happens here.

This is probably one of the most violent of the films in the series, but that helps add so much realism to the storyline.

The way that the story unfolds shed so much light on the complex makeup of all of the characters and we get to see how they act and react based on everything that happens.

I’m quite glad that both Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill returned to voice their characters here because they both are the best for the roles of Batman and The Joker.

Be forewarned, this film gets really dark and disturbing but that helps the story define who these people really are and what makes them tick the whole way through.

Loved how we get another potential history of how The Joker came to be and this is also a solid origin story even if there are doubts at how true is may really be because of some ambiguities along the way.

Bottom Line – Another great addition to the WB/DC animated canon. Loved the story because it shed so much light on so many aspects of the characters of Gotham.  The violence is raw but that only adds to the realism of the whole thing. Glad that Hamill and Conroy returned for this film.  This film gets very dark and disturbing in some scenes, but it all pays off in the end because we learn so much about Batman and his main adversary by their actions and reactions. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Mark Hamill had previously announced his retirement from portraying The Joker after completing work on the “Arkham” video game series. He had stated that the only way he would come out of retirement was if “The Killing Joke” was adapted to film. After the revival of the Star Wars franchise, starting with Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), thus reviving Hamill’s popularity, Warner Bros. Animation immediately green-lit Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) to capitalize upon Hamill’s resurgence. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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