Batman: The Killing Joke is getting an animated film in 2016

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So just this past Friday, DC announced that The Killing Joke, the epitome of the Batman/Joker comics, would be getting an animated adaptation during SDCC:

“Bruce Timm’s latest animated movie, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, had its World Premiere tonight in front of thousands of Comic-Con attendees. But being the very first to see Timm’s radical new take on the Justice League was only one of the treats they received as Warner Bros. revealed the three DC Universe Original Movies that will be released in 2016, including an adaptation of the classic Joker story,  Batman: The Killing Joke.

If you haven’t read The Killing Joke, you really should. (It’s an amazing story, and come on, it’s Alan Moore.) It’s an origin story for the Joker and shows why Batgirl had to retire, become Oracle and was wheelchair bound for a while. Among other things it can actually make you feel some empathy for the pale-faced lunatic.

The animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke is executive produced by Bruce Timm and will retell this classic tale in an exciting new way. It’ll also feature an original 15-minute prologue that helps set up the story, giving even longtime fans of the story something new to look forward to.

So not only is this being made by the guy behind the DCAU (Batman: The Animated Series most famously), it’s also getting 15 minutes of bonus content. Granted DC’s live action movies leave much to be desired, they really seem to just lead the pack when it comes to animated movies. Well, let’s hope Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad prove us wrong.

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