Thursday, May 12, 2016

Killing Joke Goes Animated In The Best Way!

If there is one story every comic fan has ever wanted to see come to life, it is Batman: The Killing Joke.  This is the pinnacle of Joker stories and one of the best Bat-family stories ever.  To see this coming to animated release from Warner Bros., where DC Comics stories have consistently shined, is amazingly wonderful.  Just that is great news, since fans have been requesting this fan favorite to be created for a long time.  But then they announced who will be voicing Batman and The Joker.  I might have died from joy right there.

Big news after the break!  
Kevin Conroy will be reprising his role as Batman!!!  In case you don't know (shame on you!), Kevin Conroy is Batman.  When you hear Batman talk, the majority of the time it is Kevin Conroy.  The few times it isn't, the actor has been inspired by Kevin Conroy.  I can't say his name enough, he is that good.


Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, will be reprising his role as The Joker!!!  Again, this guy is The Joker.  When you hear Joker in animation, it is most likely Mark Hamill.  He also inspired other Joker actors with his very disturbingly perfect version of that laugh.

So, we've got two amazing voice actors voicing the best Batman/Joker story ever, playing the leading roles that they were groundbreaking in from the start.  If you aren't excited, then something is wrong with you!

On the off chance you haven't read The Killing Joke, here is the synopsis of the upcoming animated feature.  

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name, Batman: The Killing Joke takes a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. Years later, and now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker devises a plan to prove that one bad day can make anyone as insane as he is – setting his sights on Commissioner Gordon. It's up to the Dark Knight to put a stop to The Joker's latest scheme and save one of Gotham City's finest. Following a gripping prologue introducing Barbara Gordon's heroic adventures alongside Batman as Batgirl, Batman: The Killing Joke stays true to the authentic tale that has held fans' imaginations for nearly three decades – spotlighting the birth of a Super-Villain, the fortitude of a Super Hero and the punchline that will leave you speechless.

Published by DC Comics in 1988, the two-time Eisner Award winning Batman: The Killing Joke graphic novel has maintained an unparalleled popularity throughout its 28 years of existence – as evidenced by its recent ranking as the best-selling graphic novel of 2015.

Batman: The Killing Joke will be available on Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition for $29.96 SRP, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP, and DVD for $19.98 SRP.  The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition will include all components of the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, along with an exclusive figurine of The Joker in a numbered, limited edition gift set. 

Fans can also own Batman: The Killing Joke on Digital HD on July 26, 2016 via purchase from digital retailers.

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