Batman: The Killing Joke Animated Movie Gets An R-Rating

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The upcoming animated adaptation of Alan Moore & Brian Bolland’s “Batman: The Killing Joke” graphic novel has received an R-rating.

EW reports that they’re staying true to Moore’s unflinching vision. Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation & Warner Digital Series, said:

From the start of production, we encouraged producer Bruce Timm and our team at Warner Bros. Animation to remain faithful to the original story — regardless of the eventual MPAA rating. The Killing Joke is revered by the fans, particularly for its blunt, often-shocking adult themes and situations. We felt it was our responsibility to present our core audience — the comics-loving community — with an animated film that authentically represented the tale they know all too well.

Batman: The Killing Joke is an influential one-shot superhero comic book written by Alan Moore and drawn by Brian Bolland, published by DC Comics in 1988. The plot revolves around a largely psychological battle between Batman and his longtime foe the Joker, who has escaped from Arkham Asylum. The Joker intends to drive Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon insane to prove that the most upstanding citizen is capable of going mad after having “one bad day”.

Starring Mark Hamill as Joker and Kevin Conroy as The Dark Knight, Batman: The Killing Joke will world premiere at Comic-Con, and drop on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD later.

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