Though some thought that it would never happen due to the controversial nature of the story, DC Entertainment announced at last year’s San Diego Comic Con that they would be producing an animated feature film based on the seminal Batman graphic novel ‘The Killing Joke’. With Bruce Timm attached to executive produce and his ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ stars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill rumored to reprise their roles once again, you can bet that Bat-fans everywhere are excited for the movie to premiere. But in the meantime, we have an update on the highly anticipated project featuring The Joker.
While speaking to Con TV at Wizard World New Orleans over the weekend, Timm revealed two previously unknown morsels of information about the animated version of the 1988 one-shot by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. First, he revealed that the film will debut at the next San Diego Comic Con in July. Then, the DC animated universe architect shared that they added more elements to the classic tale in an effort to stretch the story out to feature length. Obviously, he didn’t go into detail about the “tricky” new additions are said to be “a really good solution”. You can check out all of his comments regarding ‘The Killing Joke’ in the video below courtesy of ComicBook.com:
For a lot of people, Bruce Timm’s work on ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ is the quintessential version of the Caped Crusader. Many fans grew up with his version of the Dark Knight and now those kids are sharing it with their kids. So even though DC’s track record for adding mythology to Alan Moore stories isn’t the best (:cough: ‘Before Watchmen’ :cough:), Timm is probably one of the most qualified people to do so in the case of the Clown Prince of Crime’s origin. We’ll just have to wait until July and see how it all turns out.
Are you excited for Bruce Timm’s ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’? What elements of the story do you think were expanded or added to bring the runtime of the film to feature length. Share your speculation in the comments.