by Andy Lyons, Editor-in-Chief
A 12-minute sneak peek of the animated “Batman: The Killing Joke” has been released online. The film will feature Mark Hamill voicing The Joker and Kevin Conroy as voicing Batman, both reprising their roles from Batman: The Animated Series.
It was also announced that Tara Strong would voice Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, and Ray Wise would voice Commissioner Gordon.
In the sneak peek video, Mark Hamill says, “If people want to see a really nasty, vile Joker, this is the one.”
Batman: The Killing Joke was originally a graphic novel written by Alan Moore released in 1988. It is largely seen as canon for the storylines of Batman and Joker in the DC Comics universe. The graphic features somewhat of an origin story of how the infamous Joker came to be. The story centers around the Joker trying to show Batman they aren’t so different, and that one bad day for Batman can result in him being just like the Joker.
The sneak peek details how the creators focus on Barbara Gordon, who is a main character in “The Killing Joke,” as well as Batgirl. Adding a prologue will substantially improve on the storyline of the graphic.