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Batman: The Killing Joke will have an R-rating

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We’re somewhat excited about the legendary Batman graphic novel The Killing Joke getting an animated adaptation. We’re even more excited however, that this is being done under the Warner Bros. Animation umbrella, a branch of the company that doesn’t exactly pull any punches when it comes to releasing cartoon flicks starring characters who are usually meting out justice for all ages.

DC’s animated films aren’t exactly shy to slap on a 13 or even 16 age restriction on their library of films however, with releases that have featured plenty of blood, violence and gore along the way. But The Killing Joke is a different story however. It’s a brutal tale, one that involves some seriously heavy adult themes to go along with a decent dose of bloodshed, something anyone who has read the graphic novel can tell you.

And Warner Bros. isn’t going to water down those themes for the adaptation. “From the start of production, we encouraged producer Bruce Timm and our team at Warner Bros. Animation to remain faithful to the original story — regardless of the eventual MPAA rating,” president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series Sam Register said to EW.

The Killing Joke is revered by the fans, particularly for its blunt, often-shocking adult themes and situations. We felt it was our responsibility to present our core audience — the comics-loving community — with an animated film that authentically represented the tale they know all too well.

That’s massively encouraging news to hear. At it’s core, The Killing Joke is about how one bad day can turn even the best people into a deranged lunatic like the Joker, something that the ace of knaves sets out to prove by thoroughly wrecking the life of Gotham City police commissioner Jim Gordon. It’s a gruelling tale, one that involves the Joker going to r-rated lengths to prove his point.

It’s sounding very promising, and after watching the actually damn good Justice League vs. Teen Titans, I’m amped to see this iconic story get the adaptation that it deserves. After all, it already has the best Batman and Joker voices, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, reprising their signature roles for this film.

Last Updated: April 15, 2016


  1. Header win! D steals it at the death.


  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    April 15, 2016 at 11:35


    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      April 15, 2016 at 11:36

      Awesome movie, especially at the fast food restaurant


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        April 15, 2016 at 11:37

        The older I get the more I relate to it. 😉


        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          April 15, 2016 at 11:38

          Also the number plate, D-fence
          D will probably D-fend his title again.


      • miaau

        April 15, 2016 at 12:17

        what movie is this? Or dare I not ask?


  3. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    April 15, 2016 at 11:36

    Best header
    Best superhero
    Best rating
    Best news today!


  4. Original Heretic

    April 15, 2016 at 12:37

    This movie is definitely going to be edgy.


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