The Killing Joke (2016)

Movie Review


Everyone warned me that this was one dark movie, the most sinister DC Universe movie yet…

Don’t get me wrong, it was more than a little disturbing, however, I was anticipating a truly horrific film. It is after all the story that depicts Bat Girl’s tragic downfall.

The Killing Joke (2016)

Starring:  Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill and Tara Strong 

Director: Sam Liu

Rating/ Runtime: R- 1 hr 16

Based on the graphic novel written by Alan Moore

As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness.

Movie Trailer

My Thoughts…

Firstly, the graphic novel is not very long for such a pivotal storyline between The Bat and Joker, though it is brilliant. As a result the adaptation’s first half hour revolves around a rather shallow plot involving Barbara Gordon and her relationship with Batman. As if Barbara Gordon’s fate isn’t bad enough, seeing a beloved character watered down to something resembling your stereotypical character in a romantic comedy, was truly painful.

I can honestly say the first half hour should have been cut right out because the rest is a true adaptation from the novel and it’s beautiful.

Next, having Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy reprise their iconic roles, was huge in terms of mood and chemistry. There are no other actors who could do what they did for this movie. They ARE Batman and Joker! It’s difficult to explain without spoilers, so you will just have to take my word for it.

Finally, I was amazed to see another side of “The  Clown Prince of Crime.” In this universe we’re given a glimpse of  what happened to him, what led him down such a dark and twisted spiral to become the terrifying psychopath that he is today.There were many things about The Killing Joke I liked but ultimately I was a little disappointed. It’s worth watching, particularly for Batman and Joker’s showdown but I wouldn’t beat yourself up if you haven’t seen it.




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