It's been nearly 30 years since Alan Moore's comic book Batman: The Killing Joke debuted nationwide and became one of the most pivotal and brutal Batman stories of all time.
After years of campaigning from fans at the insistence of Mark Hamill — who has voiced the Joker for years — at long last fans will be able to see the 1988 graphic novel come to life in the DC Animated Universe.
The DCAU's adaptation of The Killing Joke is directed by Sam Liu and stars Mark Hamill as the Joker, Kevin Conroy as Batman, and Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon.
Today, we learned of an official release date for The Killing Joke thanks to Entertainment Weekly. The official release date of the Blu-ray and DVD will be August 2, but it will be available through retailers in digital HD starting July 23.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment VP Mary Ellen Thomas expressed her excitement for the authentic representation in a released statement:
“Batman: The Killing Joke presents, for the first time, one of the most compelling stories in the annals of Batman’s adventures: the evolution of the Joker from normalcy to criminal insanity, in all its graphic presentation as an R-rated animated film.
"Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to release Batman: The Killing Joke as an authentic representation of its revered story for both longtime fans and new fans alike.”
In addition to a release date, the official box art also surfaced. It's a clear callback to Brian Bolland's original cover art and has only been moderately adjusted with a slightly wider scope of the Joker.
The animated adaptation of The Killing Joke will be available August 2 and as a digital HD copy on July 23.
What aspect of the graphic novel do you think must be included in the animated film? Let us know in the comments section!
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)