Alan Moore's Batman: The Killing Joke is right up there with Frank Miller's Batman: Year One in terms of seminal Batman comics. It hit like a bomb when it arrived back in 1988, and has been the source of much debate (and critical acclaim) ever since. It also features some of the darkest material ever to appear in a Batman title, namely the brutal paralyzation (and implied rape) of Barbara Gordon at the hands of The Joker. So of course it was only a matter of time before someone turned it into an animated movie.
Announced yesterday at SDCC, here's part of the official announcement from the DC Comics blog:
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.
DC also announced two other animated Batman films, Batman: Bad Blood ("An original Batman story that features the introduction of Batwoman to the new line of animated films") and Justice League VS Titans ("Another original story and the first of the DC Universe Original Movies to feature the Teen Titans"), but let's get real: the big news here is that The Killing Joke is being turned into an animated movie.
"For years, it’s been one of the most regularly requested animated films by fans," DC says in their statement, and there's no doubt that's the truth. Of course Bat-fans are clamoring to see something done with The Killing Joke. But I dunno, man...this really feels like one of those "you were so preoccupied with whether or not you could, you didn't stop to think if you should" situations. What do you guys think?
Side Note: This Killing Joke-related post from Devin (from alllll the way back in 2013, we were so young then) is still one of my all-time favorite BMD articles. Check it out if you haven't already. Or read it again. It's an all-timer.