In 1988, Alan Moore wrote the classic Batman and Joker tale called The Killing Joke. Along with the illustrations of Brian Bolland, Moore was able to create a lasting canon in the saga of the orphaned millionaire-turned-vigilante and his most interesting foe. For a duo as iconic, for a pair that has shared so many illustrated pages, film scenes, and animated clips, that is quite a feat.
The Killing Joke provides a background for the mysterious man known only as The Joker and gives him a sympathetic, relatable side. It also assured us that Batman knew that the obsession the two had for each other would ultimately end one of their lives. It also pushed the envelope concerning the extended Bat-family and their well-being in the never-ending battle between the Clown Prince of Crime and the Dark Knight. It was a revelation, so the only surprise is how long it took DC to give us an animated R-rated movie for the comic.
Kevin Conroy returns as Batman and Mark Hamill is The Joker.
Skip to 3:55 for the actual clip, kids.
The Killing Joke will be in theaters for one night only on July 25th. It will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 2nd.