Actor Mark Hamill released a first look at the Batman: The Killing Joke animated feature, the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie based on the classic 1980s Batman graphic novel of the same name. Hamill also confirmed he and Kevin Conroy will reprise their roles as The Joker and Batman for the film. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will debut the film Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer before releasing it onto digital and physical media platforms. Click on the image below for a closer look.
Batman: The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore with art by Brian Bolland, throws the spotlight on Batman and The Joker’s twisted relationship. Looking to prove that any man can be pushed past his breaking point to madness, the Joker attempts to drive Commissioner Gordon insane. Refusing to give up, Gordon struggles to maintain his sanity with the help of Batman in a desperate effort to best the madman.
Both Conroy and Hamill originally debuted in their respective roles of Batman and The Joker for the landmark cartoon Batman: The Animated Series, and have since been considered the iconic voices to these classic DC Comics characters. Both have respired these roles for multiple projects over the last 25 years across multiple mediums – including other cartoons (such as Justice League and Batman Beyond) and video games – and will continue to do so with the forthcoming Justice League Action animated series.
It has also been confirmed that Ray Wise will voice Commissioner Gordon and Tara Strong will reprise her role as Batgirl, from The New Batman Adventures, for the Batman: The Killing Joke animated feature.
Stay tuned for additional updates here and at The DC Animation Forum concerning Batman: The Killing Joke, including new images, trailers, artwork and more.