Friday at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) is always World Premiere night for Warner Bros Home Entertainment to present their original animated movies and this year’s movie was the highly anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke. The movie is adapted from one of the most highly regarded graphic novels of all time, Batman: The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore with art by Brian Bolland. The graphic novel is revered as canon by many as the source of Joker’s origin story and shows how “one bad day” can make anyone go insane, regardless of their level of character. The movie also includes an interpretation of Barbara Gordon’s (a.k.a Batgirl) backstory which was written just for the movie.
Due to its “R” rating, the movie had to be shown after 10pm PT which meant the panel was held first. The panel participants included Sam Liu (Director), Brian Azzarello (Screen Writer), Bruce Timm (Executive Producer), and voice actors Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tara Strong (Batgirl) and Ray Wise (Commissioner Gordon). Mark Hamill (Joker) was unable to attend the Con due to his current schedule but he didn’t let the fans down and called into the panel and thanked everyone for their support over the years and he explained how much he had wished he was there. Just before the movie started, the following upcoming projects were announced; Justice League Dark, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (coming Spring 2017) and Batman & Harley Quinn: A Bruce Timm Original (Summer 2017).
After the movie ended, Sam Liu, Brian Azzarello and Bruce Timm came back on stage to a roaring ovation. They seemed happy with the crowd’s reaction, remarking that the audience cringed at the spots they anticipated and cheered when expected. Considering we have read the graphic novel many times prior to the film coming out, we were pleased with the movie, and with the producers’ and writer’s adaptation of the graphic novel and the additional prologue for Batgirl. We didn’t quite understand which scenes made it Rated R, per se, as it really could have been PG-13, by today’s standards.
Batman: The Killing Joke was released digitally on July 26, 2016 and will be released on August 2, 2016 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition and Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition will include all components of the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, along with an exclusive figurine of The Joker in a numbered, limited edition gift set.
We hope you enjoy the below interviews that were conducted by ToonBarn Head Writer Marc Morrell prior to the panel and world premiere of the movie: