Batman: The Killing Joke (Movie Review)

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This animated adaption to Frank Miller’s masterpiece is almost a perfect replication, that is, if you skip the first third of the movie. The decision to add a relationship between Batman and Batgirl was rather strange (especially considering the ending) but I assume made it into the final script because Frank Miller’s original comic could never really make a full feature length film. Coming out just before the next rendition of the joker in film (in ‘Suicide Squad’) Mark Hamilton does a good job but nowhere near as outstanding as Heath Ledger’s Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’. Starring Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series) and Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond) this is well voiced and well-animated feature. If you are a pre-existing fan of the comic or new to animated movies I would not recommend it.


When the Joker escapes yet again from Arkham Asylum, he is on a mission not to kill Batman, but to drive him mad.


The relationship between Batman and Batgirl was a bad addition to the story.

The animation was occasionally a little jumpy.


Artistic Impression:🌟🌟🌟

Enjoyment: 🌟🌟



1) After ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Mark Hamill vowed to never voice the Joker again due to the strain on his vocal chords unless ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ was adapted into a film.

2) Hamill once again vowed not to voice the Joker again after the completion of ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ but gave in when he find out that Kevin Conroy was voicing Batman in the upcoming Justice League series on Cartoon Network.

3) The movie was originally started in 2009 but production stopped after another R-rated superhero movie (Zack Snyder’s ‘Watchmen’) underperformed at the box office.

4) When the “T” and the “O” go out on the Gotham Storage sign, the letters line up to read “Gotham’s Rage,” with Gotham’s (across) and Rage (down).

5) The playing cards used in the game of Solitaire are a nod to Harley Quinn, with their backing decorated in her signature red and black diamond pattern, changed from the red grid pattern from the graphic novel.



Liked those? Check out my reviews of BvS: Dawn of Justice or V for Vendetta?


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