‘Killing Joke’ Animated Film Concept Art Released

Batman: The Killing Joke has been a story that fans have wanted to see adapted into film for a while now, and this year they’ll finally get their wish. At San Diego Comic-Con in 2015, it was announced by DC animated alum, and Batman: The Animated Series creator Bruce Timm that he would be helming an animated adaptation of the popular 1988 graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. Bruce Timm was interviewed a few months back about the project, where he mentioned that more story elements would be added to the film to make it longer.

“The one big difference about it, as opposed to those other projects (The Dark Knight returns Part 1 & 2), is The Killing Joke… the source material is really not that long enough to make a entire feature film out of, so we actually had to add a lot more story to it. Which is tricky. But I think we came up with a really good solution on how that worked.”

Outside from this interview, and the conformation that there will be a 15 minute prologue section of the movie, not much info about this highly anticipated film has been released until now. The Joker is a key piece to this amazing story, and thanks to DC artist Phil Bourassa’s Instagram account, we might now know what the Clown Prince of Crime will look like in the film. The following image was posted a few hours ago with this caption:

“In 2009 I started working on an animated adaptation of The Killing Joke under the supervision of legendary Animation artist Bruce Timm. Two weeks into the project we were told to stop development because The Watchmen underperformed at the box office and WB had lost faith in R rated superhero movies. Happy to say that you guys are gonna finally get you animated Killing Joke adaptation in 2016. Apparently enough money has been made from superhero movies and adaptations of comics of every stripe that it now transcends the previous assumed limitations of the genre. It’s a good time to be a comic geek!”


It’s worth mentioning that it’s unclear if this concept art is from the 2009 project or the upcoming adaptation. Another thing that’s interesting about his caption, is that the 2009 version of The Killing Joke film was slated to be DC first R rated animated outing. DC has already given Bruce Timm and his team to make the upcoming version rated R, but it’s unclear if they’ve decided to go that route. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill have also been rumored to lend their voices to the film as Batman and Joker respectively, although nothing has been confirmed as of yet. An unknown source inside WB claims that Mark Hamill has already laid down his lines for the film. One final thing to mention before we wrapped this up: I hope you plan to attend Comic Con in San Diego this year, as WB and DC Comics will be screening Batman: The Killing Joke there!

Are you excited for the possible first R-rated DC animated film? Are you worried that the DC team had to add more story? Let us know in the comments or on Instagram @DCUNews!


The Killing Joke has an unannounced release date in 2016.

Source: Instagram, via Heroic Hollywood