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BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE Release Date Revealed

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 11:19 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


The latest trailer for the highly anticipated, R-rated animated film Batman: The Killing Joke hit the internet last week to mixed reactions. Many Bat-fans were happy to see the acclaimed Alan Moore and Brian Bolland story get its much-anticipated adaptation, but just as many were miffed at the trailer’s appearance. Some took issue with the animation style that looks like it’s attempting to match the comic book’s artwork, but the main issue was with the herky-jerky, rough animation of the main characters doing something as simple as walking across the screen. Hopefully this was either a rushed trailer or merely an anomaly because Batman: The Killing Joke has an otherwise solid team of talent behind it.

Kevin Conroy returns to voice his iconic role of Bruce Wayne/Batman alongside Mark Hamill’s inimitable Joker. Tara Strong stars as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl with Ray Wise as batman-the-killing-joke-blu-rayCommissioner James Gordon in the adaptation directed by Sam Liu (Batman: Year One, Justice League vs Teen Titans). And while we’ve known for a while that the R-rated movie, a first-ever for a Batman film, will screen at San Diego Comic-Con, now we have word on the eventual Blu-ray’s release date.

According to Amazon’s product page for the Batman: The Killing Joke Blu-ray (via CS), the movie will be available on Blu-ray/DVD on August 2nd. The film is also expected to have a 15-minute prologue that will help setup the story, meaning that even fans of the original source material will have some additional content to look forward to. If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s the briefest of synopses:

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.

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