Batman: Killing Joke movie to be rated R

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Batman: The Killing Joke, the upcoming DC Universe animated film, was headed towards an R rating, and now it has been confirmed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment via EW.

This makes the film the first in the DC Universe Original Movie line to earn the R rating. This year is the year of R-rated Batman movies. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will have an R-rated extended version for home release.

Batman: The Killing Joke is based on the 1988 comic from writer Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland and follows the Joker as he tortures popular Batman characters like Batgirl and Commissioner Gordon.

The animated film will have Kevin Conroy return as the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne, Mark Hamill as the Joker, and Tara Strong as Batgirl/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 have a world premiere at San Diego Comic-Con International in July, with a Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD to follow later in the year.

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