We’ve been talking a lot recently about the ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ animated film that’s headed our way this Summer. It’s got a hard R-rating (with no reported plans for a more “kid-friendly” PG-13 cut), the trailer was gloriously gruesome, and the story is being fleshed out for film by giving Batgirl a deeper back-story.
The film, which tells the seminal tale surrounding the origin and back-story of classic Batman villain The Joker, is based on the 1986 graphic novel of the same name. It will receive a video release digitally starting July 26, 2016, and will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on August 2, 2016 – but fans attending the San Diego Comic Con will be treated to a special early screening of the film!
If you’re attending – or planning to – all the details are included in Warner Brothers’ press release, reproduced below for your geeking-out convenience.
Continuing a decade-long tradition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will host the World Premiere of its latest DC Universe Original Movie – this time, the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke – on the Friday night (July 22, 2016) of Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The premiere will spotlight the first public exhibition of the eagerly awaited film and a post-screening panel discussion among available members of the core cast and filmmaking team. The celebrity-laden cast is led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series, Star Wars franchise) as they reprise their seminal roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively, as well as Tara Strong (Teen Titans; Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner Gordon. Batman: The Killing Joke is directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. Teen Titans) from a script by Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Azzarello. Bruce Timm and Sam Register are executive producers. Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan are executive producers. Alan Burnett is co-producer.
Since the debut of the DC Universe Original Movies in 2007 with Superman: Doomsday, WBHE has premiered its next upcoming film (when available) before 4,250 ardent fans in the San Diego Convention Center’s massive Ballroom 20. Past film premieres have included Batman: Under The Red Hood, Batman: Year One, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Batman: Assault on Arkham and last year’s Justice League: Gods & Monsters, and the films’ panel discussions have featured such acting luminaries as Bryan Cranston, Nathan Fillion, Ben McKenzie, Justin Chambers, Eliza Dushku, Katee Sackhoff, Matthew Gray Gubler, Paget Brewster, Bruce Greenwood, C. Thomas Howell and Cary Elwes.
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Batman: The Killing Joke arrives August 2, 2016 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and DVD. The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition will include all components of the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, along with an exclusive figurine of The Joker in a numbered, limited edition gift set. Fans can own Batman: The Killing Joke on Digital HD starting July 26, 2016 via purchase from digital retailers.
Based on the acclaimed DC graphic novel of the same name, Batman: The Killing Joke takes a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. Years later, and now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker devises a plan to prove that one bad day can make anyone as insane as he is – setting his sights on Commissioner Gordon. It’s up to the Dark Knight to put a stop to The Joker’s latest scheme and save one of Gotham City’s finest. Following a gripping prologue introducing Barbara Gordon’s heroic adventures alongside Batman as Batgirl, Batman: The Killing Joke stays true to the authentic tale that has held fans’ imaginations for nearly three decades – spotlighting the birth of a Super-Villain, the fortitude of a Super Hero and the punchline that will leave you speechless.
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