Are you sitting comfortably? Well, if you are, you won't be comfortable for much longer. We can finally see the trailer for the highly anticipated animated adaptation of the dark and outrageous Batman: The Killing Joke — and it makes Batman v Superman look lighthearted.
Before we move on, we know you're here for one reason, so here's the trailer:
What did you think? The most striking aspect of the snippet is the faithfulness to the original material; all of the dialogue is lifted directly from Alan Moore's notorious 1988 comic.
The Killing Joke is one of the most raw, uncompromising explorations into the psyche of the Joker and delves into the dark relationship between the notorious villain and caped vigilante Batman.
Batman Vs The Joker
The (too) brief trailer is overlaid by Batman's reflective monologue — brilliantly voiced by Kevin Conroy — while he attempts to reach a compromise with the Joker:
"I wanna talk. I've been thinking about you and me. About how this is going to end. About who will end up killing who. Perhaps you'll kill me. Perhaps I'll kill you. You know that, don't you?"
The Joker's Brutal Assault On Barbara Gordon Is Alluded To
In the comic, the most controversial scenes involve Commissioner Gordon and his daughter Barbara (whose alter ego is Batgirl). The Joker kidnaps Commissioner Gordon with the intent of driving him crazy.
Going to depraved lengths to achieve his goal, the Clown Prince of Crime shoots Barbara, paralyzing her. He then strips her naked and photographs her body. The trailer only gives a brief peep at this arc, but it appears to be close to the original.
Finally, Commissioner Gordon Is Going To Have One Really Bad Day
Then, in attempt to make Commissioner Gordon lose his sanity, he forces him to look at photos of his daughter in her vulnerable state. The theme running through the comic is that the Joker believes "one bad day" can drive anyone to insanity. The trailer ends with this sound bite, along with Mark Hamill's chilling chuckle.
An R-Rated Affair
This first glimpse is enough to suggest the latest DC Animated Universe offering will earn its R rating, and won't flinch from tackling the controversial moments from the original comic.
Hamill will return as the Joker, starring opposite Conroy who'll voice Batman. The pair share a rich history providing voices as their respective characters in the DCAU. Completing the rest of the cast will be the vocal talents of Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon, while Ray Wise will lend his voice to Commissioner Gordon.
Batman: The Killing Joke is expected to be released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD in July 2016.
What did you think of The Killing Joke trailer?