After almost 30 years, Batman: The Killing Joke is finally being made into an animated film. The Killing Joke is by far, one of the most popular and certainly one of the most darkest Batman comics that has ever been written. Diving deep into what it truly takes for one man to go insane, it left a mark on those who have read this comic in the sense that it can never be forgotten. And now, after all this time, they are making this dark and riveting comic into a film.
For those who remember Batman: The Animated Series, the two actors who made it a success were Kevin Conroy, who voiced the Batman, and Mark Hamill, who voiced The Joker. From then on, they were the go to voice actors for almost all animated Batman films as well as the famous Arkham games.
Mark Hamill retired from the role as the Joker after Batman: Arkham City, with Kevin Conroy following suit after Batman: Arkham Knight. The legacies that they left as their time as the respected characters are forever sketched in Batman's history. But, with the announcement of The Killing Joke being brought to animation, both Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy want to reprise their roles for this one of a kind comic adaption.
Which brings me to why I'm writing right now. Just a few days ago, it was revealed that The Killing Joke received the 'okay' to be rated R if it required it. Those who have read it, can certainly understand why. It was far darker than almost all other Batman comics.
If it does receive an R rating, then it will be the first DC Animated movie to do so. To achieve a level of violence high enough to require an R rating, it would take quite a lot. It would have to top The Dark Knight Returns Part 2, which was far more violent and had its moments of gore that were unmatched by any other DC animation film. One of which included The Joker being hit with a batarang directly in the eye and going another several minutes with it sticking out of his eye socket.
Not to mention the infamous tunnel scene from the comic being brought to life would more than likely be enough to get the film an R rating.
The violence and darkness aside, I am eagerly waiting to hear The Joker's famous monologue be performed by Mark Hamill. Who is, without a doubt, one of the overall best Jokers ever. Below, is that very monologue.
"Remembering’s dangerous. I find the past such a worrying, anxious place. “The Past Tense,” I suppose you’d call it. Memory’s so treacherous. One moment you’re lost in a carnival of delights, with poignant childhood aromas, the flashing neon of puberty, all that sentimental candy-floss… the next, it leads you somewhere you don’t want to go. Somewhere dark and cold, filled with the damp ambiguous shapes of things you’d hoped were forgotten. Memories can be vile, repulsive little brutes. Like children I suppose. But can we live without them? Memories are what our reason is based upon. If we can’t face them, we deny reason itself! Although, why not? We aren’t contractually tied down to rationality! There is no sanity clause! So when you find yourself locked onto an unpleasant train of thought, heading for the places in your past where the screaming is unbearable, remember there’s always madness. Madness is the emergency exit… you can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. You can lock them away… forever."