“I’ve been thinking about you and me. About how this is going to end. About who will end up killing who. Perhaps you’ll kill me. Perhaps I’ll kill you. You know that, don’t you?” Welcome to the suitably ominous looking trailer for Warner Bros Animation’s R-rated (that’s usually a 15 in the UK) version of of Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke. It’s the first R-rated DC animated movie Warners has ever put out and an unexpected, but welcome, outcome of the Deadpool effect (although Warners argue they were coo with an R-rating for the film all along you can’t help suspecting the Marvel movie’s huge success didn’t help its case).
The Killing Joke, one of the best-selling graphic novels in history, tells the tale of The Joker’s origin story – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comic, to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. Actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their Batman: The Animated Series roles as Batman and The Joker.