Our First Ever Look at Bruce Timm's Animated Adaptation of The Killing Joke

It’s one of the most famous comic books of all time, and now we have our first look at the upcoming adaptation of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke, starring Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill.

A teaser and behind the scenes featurette has appeared for the film, giving us a good look at the the origins of the story and why it was such a big hit, as well as what the film is going to look like.

Here’s the teaser:

Here’s the featurette:

It’s interesting to see some of the changes that they’re making: they’re adding on a new prologue, and they’re (thankfully) doing more with Barbara Gordon, especially given that her treatment in the comic has been one of its most controversial legacies.


The talent behind it is already spectacular, but from the glimpses that we see of the film, this looks like it’s going to be a really great adaptation of the comic.

The Killing Joke is slated for release sometime this year.

[Mark Hamill]


Andrew Liptak is the former Weekend editor of io9/Gizmodo. He is the co-editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction and hails from Vermont.

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The animation doesn’t look anything like Bolland’s artwork at all, unfortunately. Hamill’s performance should be awesome as usual, though.