Earlier this year at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, it was announced that Alan Moore's Batman: The Killing Joke would be adapted into an animated feature. For those who don't know, The Killing Joke is widely considered one of, if not the best and darkest Batman stories.
And while it has already been announced that the film is in the works, some news was said this weekend at New York Comic Con. During the panel for the upcoming DC animated movie, Batman: Bad Blood, James Tucker (who has produced many DC animated works including Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Batman: Assault on Arkham, and more) reportedly said that DC gave permission for The Killing Joke to be rated R.
Now to be clear, it has neither been confirmed or denied that this film will be rated R. So since we don't know if it will be rated R, a better question would be "should Batman: The Killing Joke movie be rated R?"
While the question might sound ridiculous, the highest rating a DC animated film has received is PG-13. But since this story is extremely dark and mature, the movie should definitely be rated R.
This is a story where the Joker shoots and cripples Barbara Gordon (Batgirl), kidnaps Commissioner Gordon (her father), has him stripped naked by demented circus midgets, and puts him on an insane and twisted carnival ride where he sees his daughter shot and stripped naked.
This story also gives a possible origin to the Joker and how he went from a failing comedian to being forced to be the Red Hood to becoming the Clown Prince of Crime. This makes the Joker a tragic character, but it could not be his actual origin.
And while it's still a bit unclear whether or not The Killing Joke is canon (not that it matters now) due to its ending, what did stay part of continuity until the 2011 reboot was the shooting and paralysis of Barbara Gordon. This moment became a very important part in the character's history with her then becoming Oracle and one of the biggest heroes with a disability.
So again, yes, the animated adaptation of Alan Moore's Batman: The Killing Joke should be rated R. And since Mark Hamill will be reprising the role as the Joker for this film, all it needs is Kevin Conroy to return as Batman and this could possibly be one of the greatest DC (and maybe even comic book) films ever.
So what do you think? Should the film be rated R? Let me know.