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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Tuesday 26th July 2016

Delve into the demented history of the Dark Knight's arch nemesis - The Joker - as he sets out to prove insanity is only a horrifying moment away for anyone in Batman: The Killing Joke, released on DVD and Blu-ray by Warner Home Video on 8th August 2016.
Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong, Ray Wise
Sam Liu, Sam Register
Bruce Timm
Warner Home Video
2 hours 14 minutes
08/08/2016

Delve into the demented history of the Dark Knight's arch nemesis - The Joker - as he sets out to prove insanity is only a horrifying moment away for anyone in the latest DC Universe Original Movie, Batman: The Killing Joke, released on DVD and Blu-ray by Warner Home Video on 8th August 2016.

Based on one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time, this feature-length animated film brings together some of the key creative team behind Batman: The Animated Series with executive producer Bruce Timm at the helm and Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill returning to their seminal roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively.

Based on the acclaimed 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.

Published by DC Comics in 1988, the two-time Eisner Award winning Batman: The Killing Joke graphic novel has maintained an unparalleled popularity throughout its 28 years of existence - as evidenced by its recent ranking as the best-selling graphic novel of 2015.

Batman: The Killing Joke presents one of the most compelling stories in the annals of Batman's adventures: the evolution of The Joker from normalcy to criminal insanity.

The celebrity-laden cast is led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) and Mark Hamill (Star Wars franchise) as they reprise their seminal roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and The Joker, respectively. The cast also features 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, and Alan Burnett is co-producer. Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan are executive producers.

  • An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie.
  • An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie
  • Featurette - "Batman: The Killing Joke - Madness Set To Music" - Jim Gordon must bear witness to the most disturbing images any father could imagine while a maniac entices his break from sanity in song. This documentary looks at the step-by-process of one of the most crucial scenes in Batman: The Killing Joke, including the methodology James Tucker used as he storyboarded Brian Bolland's stunning work for the screen; Dynamic Music Partners composers/lyricists' creative merging of original music with the poetic words from the graphic novel to provoke the desired feelings and emotions for this critical scene; and actor Mark Hamill's physical, devoted performance to capturing the world¹s most notorious Super-Villain in song
  • Featurette - "Many Shades of Joker: The Tale of The Killing Joke" - Brian Bolland's artwork is instantly recognizable to comic book enthusiasts all over the world. Known for his amazing cover art, it was a rare inclusion into the body of a graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke, that helped the perennial story of Batman and The Joker remain a fan favourite for decades to come. Combined with the graphic novel's original script - which is more than just the telling of a story, but an intricate map explaining every stop along the way to the end of a fantastic journey - this documentary reveals the artistic process behind The Killing Joke's distinct style. We'll learn how artists and writers excelled at conveying story and human emotion one panel at a time, mesmerizing readers with unforgettable stories and humanized depictions of heroes and villains. And why after nearly 30 years in print, Batman: The Killing Joke is more thought provoking than ever, as its socio-economic themes are relatable to generation after generation
  • From the DC Comics Vault- Two 22-minute episodes: The New Batman Adventures - "Old Wounds"; Batman: The Animated Series - "Christmas with The Joker"
  • None or TBC
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