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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Batman The Killing Joke

Following last month’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a very different Dark Knight takes on a very different nemesis in this year’s other Batman movie, Batman: The Killing Joke. This one, as the title suggests, is an adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland‘s famous comic book storyline, and Warner Bros. / DC has gone to great lengths to make sure it’s the movie fans want. Not only does the animated direct-to-video feature reunite voice actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, it boasts an R rating, lest you worry it’ll smooth over the darker, uglier aspects of the source material. Watch the first Batman: The Killing Joke trailer below. Read More »

Batman The Killing Joke Featurette

At Comic-Con last summer, we learned that the iconic Batman comic book storyline The Killing Joke was being turned into an animated movie. Just recently it was officially confirmed that Batman: The Animated Series stars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill would be reprising their roles as Batman and The Joker respectively for the project, complete with executive producer Bruce Timm on board. Now we finally get to see the pages of this controversial storyline in motion as a new featurette has surfaced that dives into the legacy of  Alan Moore and Brian Bolland‘s 1988 graphic novel and also gives us a first look at the movie itself.

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Batman The Killing Joke first look

It goes without saying that Mark Hamill‘s most iconic rule is Luke Skywalker. But his second most iconic role is the Joker in the 1990s’ Batman: The Animated Series and beyond. And just as he recently put on Luke’s robes again for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he’s ready to bust out that Joker laugh one more time.

Following months of rumors, Hamill has officially announced he’ll voice the Joker alongside Kevin Conroy as Batman in Warner Bros. Animation’s Batman: The Killing Joke, an adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland‘s 1988 graphic novel. Making the reveal even sweeter, Hamill has also shared the very first image from the upcoming animated movie.  Read More »


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Batman 75th anniversary

2014 is the 75th anniversary of one of the world’s most popular superheroes: Batman. The character has been imagined, reimagined, rebooted, redressed and revered for the better part of eight decades. This year, DC has a lots of big plans for The Dark Knight. One of those was a big panel at WonderCon 2014 featuring some of the men responsible for carrying the cape and cowl legacy for the past few decades.

Below, check out a full 30 minute video of the WonderCon Batman 75th anniversary panel featuring Kevin Conroy, Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Peter Girardi, Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman. Read More »

Darwyn Cooke Batman Beyond

We have a new bit of Darwyn Cooke Batman Beyond animation!

Fifteen years ago, comic book writer/artist Darwyn Cooke had a hand in creating the opening titles for the show Batman Beyond. The show was a follow-up to Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures. It pushed the story timeline forward to 2039. At that point Bruce Wayne’s health is failing, and he passes the Batman identity to young Terry McGinnis. The show debuted in 1999 and ran only through 2001. But the McGinnis character has endured.

Now, as part of DC and WB’s celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary, Cooke has come up with a new one-minute Batman Beyond short. While this new bit has a limited runtime, it brings Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle back to their roles as an aged Bruce Wayne and his young protege Terry McGinnis. Most of the action here is simply that: action. But there’s a neat nod to Alien, and an ending that gives fans of various Batman incarnations something to look at.   

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We all know Star Wars so well that whenever there’s a new interpretation or spin, it’s always kind of fun. When that new interpretation features some of the most famous and recognizable voice actors in the world reading the entire script interchanging characters and dialogue with some of their own, it’s really, really fun.

That’s what happened earlier this year at Emerald City Comic Con as some of the best known voice actors in the world read the script of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope as different characters throughout their careers. The full video is after the jump and it features Billy West (Crank Yankers, Ren & Stimpy, Futurama), Tara Strong (Rugrats, Powerpuff Girls, My Little Pony), Maurice LaMarche (Inspector Gadget, Transformers, Futurama), John DiMaggio (Futurama, Adventure Time, Boondocks), Kevin Conroy (Batman, Adventure Time), Jess Harnell (Pixar, Transformers) and Rob Paulsen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pinky & The Brain). Read More »