Batman: The Killing Joke, American (Animated) movie (2016)

Every person who loves to read comicbooks, knows that there are certain storylines that are considered to be groundbreaking. A graphic novel that is so important, that it pretty much changes everything that has come before it. An example of this is The Death of Superman. With the comic book sales for Superman reaching an alltime low, DC comics devised an ingenious plan to boost the sales: Why don’t we kill him? And that resulted in an uproar throughout the comic book world at the time. Superman’s long time friend Batman, has also had his share of acclaimed graphic novels. One of the most important ones was a story that was released in 1988 called the Killing Joke, and is by many considered to be one of the best Batman comics that has ever seen the light of day. This year an animated movie has been released, that is based on that comic book.

Batman the Killing Joke tells the origin story of one of the most important villains of the Batman universe: The Joker. Through a series of flashbacks, we get to see how The Joker came to be the man that he is today. Meanwhile in the present, Batman has to deal with another diabolical scheme devised by his longtime nemesis, one that has pretty dire consequences for one of the people closest to him. Batman has to face the fact that to end the conflict between himself and The Joker, one of them might have to die…

This animated movie has created a lot of controversy when it was released this year. Some fans argued that the relationship between Batgirl and Batman in this movie was handled in poor taste. Another argument that was heard, was that this movie was just a pretty bad adaptation of the original material. Honestly I can’t judge this myself, having never read the Killing Joke. In my younger years, I was always a Marvel fan, and I pretty much still am. Lately though I am getting more appreciative of DC comics, and am catching up with some of their more important comic books. So I am sure I will get around to this comic one day. As for this film, I thought it was pretty good actually. It is certainly one of the more darker animated movies of Batman, and as such is definitely not one to watch with your children. Some of the material is pretty gruesome indeed, and certainly a few scenes were hard to watch. Mark Hamill returns to give a voice to The Joker, and I think it is safe to say that he just simply is the best Joker ever. His chilling and maniacal voice is absolutely amazing. The animation was pretty much in line with the Batman animated series, and as I liked that style in the first place, I thought it looked very decent. Overall I have to say that I enjoyed this very dark chapter of the Batman story, and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the Caped Crusader.

I give Batman: the Killing Joke a 8 out of 10 score.

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