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UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand and sold out theaters across the country, the one night only theatrical debut of Batman: The Killing Joke now has an additional 300 screens playing the animated adaptation of the iconic comic book storyline. Fathom Events now has over 1,000 screens playing the film’s debut on Monday, July 25. You can find out which theaters are participating in the screening and buy tickets over at Fathom Events right now.

Our original post from June 8, 2016 follows below.

Late last year, we heard that an R-rated animated adaptation of Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland‘s 1988 The Killing Joke was in the works, which almost sounded too good to be true. A month and a half ago the story was confirmed: This interpretation of Moore’s classic comic book is indeed rated R.

Directed by Sam Liu (co-director of Batman: Year One), Batman: The Killing Joke will be released on Blu-ray this August, but a few days prior you may have the opportunity to see it in a select theater. Below, learn more about The Killing Joke theatrical release.

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The Killing Joke

An R-rated, animated adaptation of Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland‘s “Batman: The Killing Joke” is almost here. Towards the end of the month, Sam Liu‘s (co-director of Batman: Year One) film will play in theaters for one night only, before it hits DVD and Blu-Ray the following week. The first clip released for the feature doesn’t show us whether the adaptation is as dark as the source material, but it’s a good character moment with a conflicted Batman.

Below, watch a Batman: The Killing Joke clip.

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‘From Hell’ TV Show in the Works

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We’ve just run down a whopping thirty potential film-to-TV series developments that are in the works right now, and those sit alongside the many comic book to TV properties that are in development. Now, that list is already outdated. One of the most recent announcements is that the excellent Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell comic book series From Hell, which thoroughly explored the story of Jack the Ripper, will be adapted to television. The comics were previously mined for a pretty but compromised film adaptation directed by Albert and Allen Hughes, released in 2001, with Johnny Depp in the lead role. This From Hell TV series will hopefully be quite different.

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The film version of Alan Moore‘s pulp/literary team-up comic series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was notable for being only the second of Moore’s comics to hit the big screen, and unfortunately famous for being Sean Connery’s last live-action feature role. It’s a pretty lousy piece of work, that film, that is mostly infamous for being crappy. Now there might be a way to move beyond it.

The comic series is rising to new life as a TV show — or it is taking the first step towards doing so, at least. Michael Green (The River, Heroes, Smallville) will serve as writer and executive producer on a pilot based on the comic, and if the show is picked up to series he’ll serve as show runner as well. Read More »

Although several several movies — including From HellThe League of Extraordinary GentlemenV for Vendetta, and Watchmen — have been based on graphic novels by Alan Moore, you wouldn’t necessarily know it by glancing at the credits. The writer has gone out of his way to distance himself from big screen adaptations of his work. He’s been perfectly candid on his distaste for them, too, decrying modern cinema for “watering down our collective cultural imagination” during a conversation about Watchmen, for example.

But apparently that suspicion of Hollywood isn’t stopping him from exploring moviemaking in general, or at least indie filmmaking. The legendary comic book scribe has just announced a short film series tentatively titled Show Pieces, which he’ll be working on with commercial photographer Mitch Jenkins. More details after the jump.

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For over twenty years, DC has wanted to capitalize on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ best-selling and standard-setting mini-series/graphic novel Watchmen by releasing additional stories featuring the same characters. Ideas about prequel series have been discussed since even before Watchmen‘s publication, with writer Alan Moore floating the idea of a Minutemen prequel series in ’85, and other options being discussed afterward.

Moore backed away from those ideas, and he and Dave Gibbons eventually walked away from DC altogether based, in part, on language in their contract for Watchmen that related to ownership of the characters. In 2010 DC offered to give Watchmen back to Moore if he would write additional stories, but he declined. At the same time, DC Comics co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee said, “DC Comics would only revisit these iconic characters if the creative vision of any proposed new stories matched the quality set by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons nearly 25 years ago, and our first discussion on any of this would naturally be with the creators themselves.”

With no option of new stories by Moore and Gibbons, DC has gone ahead with other creators. Rumors of a Watchmen prequel have flown for months, with artwork occasionally hitting the internet and just as soon being hit with cease and desist orders from DC — the best admission that the prequels are really happening.

Indeed, today DC announced Before Watchmen, a set of seven interlocking prequel miniseries that will feature Watchmen characters such as Rorschach, the Comedian and Nite Owl. Details from the press release follow. (Updated with gallery of images for the new series.) Read More »