BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE
Edgy R-Rated Superhero Action
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Starring: The voices of Kevin Conroy,
Mark Hamill, Tara Strong, Ray
Wise, John DiMaggio
Runtime: 76 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures/Time
Director: Sam Liu
Executive Producer: Benjamin Melniker, Michael
Producer: Alan Burnett, Sam Register,
Writer: Brian Azzarrello
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Batman’s city of Gotham is undergoing a crime spree by the Joker and his minions, as they rob banks and terrorize the city. When the Joker kidnaps Police Commissioner Gordon, Batman knows the Joker has crossed the line and springs into action to save the Commissioner.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner’s daughter, Barbara, is running around the city as Batgirl, trying to help Batman, while also trying to woo him. He keeps dismissing her because of her youth and the fact that their vigilante work is so dangerous, but their attraction is sexually charged nonetheless.
Throughout, the backstory of how Barbara became Batgirl and how the Joker evolved from an innocent, desperate comedian into an evil arch villain are shown in flashback.
BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE is impressively drawn and well-written, with flashy action set pieces and terrific vocal work by all the actors, particularly Mark Hamill as the Joker. However, it’s disconcerting to see such violent behavior depicted in animated form, particularly when the violence becomes bloody and when Barbara Gordon is cruelly crippled.
In addition, some scenes where the Commissioner is subjected to bizarre sexual costumes worn by himself and the Joker’s minions make this animated feature movie inappropriate for children and teenagers. All told, BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE is well made, but the most objectionable content merits extreme caution, even for adult moviegoers and viewers.
BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE is impressively drawn and well written. It has flashy action sequences and terrific vocal work, particularly by Mark Hamill as the Joker. However, it’s disconcerting to see extreme violent behavior depicted in animated form, especially Joker’s brutal crippling of Barbara Gordon. The Joker humiliates Commissioner Gordon to drive him insane, though the Commissioner maintains his sanity and moral code. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for the R-rated BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE.