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Batman: The Killing Joke gets an R rating



Great news for comic book fans. The animated adaptation of Alan Moore & Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke has been given an R rating. That is entirely fitting for the subject matter and means we should hopefully get an extremely faithful adaptation of one of the greatest Batman and Joker stories of all time.

This makes it the first film in the DC Universe Original Movie franchise to receive an R rating.

Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill will reprise their roles as Batman and the Joker for the film. Tara Strong will voice Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and Ray Wise will voice Commissioner Gordon in Batman: The Killing Joke.

Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland, The Killing Joke is one of the most iconic and acclaimed Joker stories ever published, along with one of the most controversial, primarily stemming from its depiction of brutal violence against Barbara Gordon.

“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,” said Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation & Warner Digital Series, in a statement. “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 will make its world premiere at Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer, with a release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD to follow later in the year.

Source: EW


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