The Killing Joke is one of Batman’s most popular, and darkest stories. The elements found in the graphic novel, the storytelling and the characters featured are all pieces of a great film waiting to happen, and on July 25th fans will be able to see it come to life. Legendary Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy has voiced the character for 20 + years alongside Mark Hamill as the Clown Prince of Crime. When asked why he decided to come back to the voice of Gotham’s Savior for Killing Joke, Conroy had this to say:
“I’d like to think that I never left the voice of Batman, I’ve been doing it for 24 years. What’s wonderful about it is getting back in the booth with Mark Hamill. Because that Batman Joker relationship, it’s almost like Joker defines Batman and Batman defines Joker. It’s the dark and the light. Sometimes it feels like either of us wouldn’t exist completely without the other. And Mark and I work so well together.”
Earlier this year Bruce Timm announced that they would be expanding the narrative of The Killing Joke due to the graphic novel itself not having enough material to make a full length feature. We know that there’s a 15 minute prologue with Barbara Gordon as Batgirl to kind of give the audience an idea of who she is. This prologue also gives viewers a chance to connect with the character in a way they never could have with the graphic novel. When asked about the story expansion, Kevin Conroy added:
“There’s much more of Batgirl in this. So that plotline is more developed, and the struggle, the internal struggle that Batman has, that Bruce Wayne has in wrestling the demons in the Joker is much more explored. There are a couple of really wonderful scenes that I have with Mark that I’m really proud of.”
You can check out the rest of the interview in the video below.
Batman: The Killing Joke stars Kevin Conroy (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Mark Hamill(The Joker), Tara Strong (Barbara Gordon/Batgirl), Ray Wise (Commissioner Jim Gordon), John DiMaggio, Nolan North Robin Atkin Downes, Brian George, Kari Wahlgren, and Rick D. Wasserman in unspecified roles.
Batman The Killing Joke:
As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness.