Whoa. Bruce Timm’s only just returned to the world of DC animation with Gods and Monsters, but he’s already announced that he’s back for more: the first ever animated adaptation of one of the most iconic Batman stories ever told.

Announced at the premiere of Justice League: Gods and Monsters at Comic-Con last night, Timm confirmed to the audience that, “Next year we’ll be back at this table” for The Killing Joke, implying another Comic-Con debut for the film. Details were scarce other than Timm’s own involvement with the adaptation, later confirmed by DC alongside the announcement of two other animated movies: Batman: Bad Blood (which will introduce Kate Kane’s Batwoman into the DC animated universe) and Justice League vs. Titans.

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Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s 1988 graphic novel is one of the most influential Batman stories ever made—famous not just for its depiction of The Joker’s origin, but also a now-infamous scene where then-Batgirl Barbara Gordon was shot, paralyzed, and sexually abused by the Joker. Although the storyline went on to have a major influence on Batman in allmedia, this will be the first time it has been directly adapted into DC’s animated universe.

[Via CBR]