‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Animated Film To Be R-Rated?

James Tucker an animation producer at Warner Bros. was a panelist at Batman: Bad Blood panel at New York Comic-Con and during the panel the conversation led to talks about the upcoming animated film adaption of Batman: The Killing Joke. Tuker said the film had been given the okay for an R-rating but the producer hasn’t decided if he will push the film that far.

The source material for the story is really brutal and it will be a very difficult task to make a PG-13 version of Allan Moore’s work.

(Thanks to Batman-News for grabbing the tweets.)

Batman: The Killing Joke is the seminal graphic novel written by Alan Moore and drawn by Brian Bolland that offers up a potential (but not exactly trustworthy) origin for the Joker, and that led to a paralyzed Barbara Gordon to retire as Batgirl…temporarily. According to DC Comics and Warner Bros. it’s been one of the most regularly requested animated films by fans.

The animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke is executive produced by Bruce Timm and will retell this classic tale in an exciting new way. The film will also feature an original 15-minute prologue that helps set up the story.

Batman: The Killing Joke will be released direct to video and digitally in 2016.

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
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