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Batman: The Killing Joke has received an R-rating

04.14.2016

Batman: The Killing Joke R-rating

The upcoming animated adaptation of Alan Moore & Brian Bolland's "Batman: The Killing Joke" graphic novel apparently hasn't been toned down in the slightest as Entertainment Weekly reports that the film has earned an R-rating. Considered to be one of the best Batman/Joker stories ever told, this adaption has been anticipated for some time and will be the first film in the DC Universe Original Movie franchise to receive an R-rating. Obviously that isn't any sort of guarantee of success, but it's nice to know that Bruce Timm and his team at Warner Bros. Animation haven't been forced to sanitize the story.

Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation & Warner Digital Series, said:

From the start of production, we encouraged producer Bruce Timm and our team at Warner Bros. Animation to remain faithful to the original story — regardless of the eventual MPAA rating. The Killing Joke is revered by the fans, particularly for its blunt, often-shocking adult themes and situations. We felt it was our responsibility to present our core audience — the comics-loving community — with an animated film that authentically represented the tale they know all too well.

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE will see Kevin Conroy starring as the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne, Mark Hamill as the Joker, and Tara Strong as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon. Alan Moore's comic finds the Joker attempting to drive Commissioner Jim Gordon insane and follows Batman's desperate attempt to stop him before it's too late. The animated adaptation will premiere at Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer and will be followed by a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD release later in the year. In case you were wondering, there are currently no plans for an edited PG-13 version of the film.

Source: EW

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6:32PM on 04/17/2016

Cannot wait

How intense is Barb's assault going to be?
How intense is Barb's assault going to be?
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11:03AM on 04/15/2016

I'm stoked.

We are getting the REAL Batman, the REAL Joker and the REAL Bruce Timm, not these shitty voice actors and producers pumping out garbage like Teen Titans vs Justice League. If it's not done by Mark and Kevin then they are little more than impersonators.
We are getting the REAL Batman, the REAL Joker and the REAL Bruce Timm, not these shitty voice actors and producers pumping out garbage like Teen Titans vs Justice League. If it's not done by Mark and Kevin then they are little more than impersonators.
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9:46AM on 04/15/2016

Ok, but why was is rated R?

People are saying this should be R. I don't know what comic everybody else has read but there is really nothing that deserves an R rating. Barbara gets shot. There are some risky pictures that gets taken of her. That's it. It is never stated that she is abused or raped. There are no curse words and it's really a tame batman comic compared to others. The Dark Knight Returns movie was able to show a topless woman with swastikas over her nipples and still get a PG-13. So why is this R? Did they
People are saying this should be R. I don't know what comic everybody else has read but there is really nothing that deserves an R rating. Barbara gets shot. There are some risky pictures that gets taken of her. That's it. It is never stated that she is abused or raped. There are no curse words and it's really a tame batman comic compared to others. The Dark Knight Returns movie was able to show a topless woman with swastikas over her nipples and still get a PG-13. So why is this R? Did they add something to make it R?
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11:01AM on 04/15/2016
This is an ANIMATED feature so KIDS will more than likely want to watch it, the R rating is to help parents know this is an adult movie with adult themes and to keep their 5 year old away just because it has Batman on the cover. Second, it doesn't matter if the movie is animated or live action, if the F word is used twice it gets an R rating. I think Gordon says it at least twice. The shooting of his daughter is also violent as again, this is an animation the camera probably lingers on her body
This is an ANIMATED feature so KIDS will more than likely want to watch it, the R rating is to help parents know this is an adult movie with adult themes and to keep their 5 year old away just because it has Batman on the cover. Second, it doesn't matter if the movie is animated or live action, if the F word is used twice it gets an R rating. I think Gordon says it at least twice. The shooting of his daughter is also violent as again, this is an animation the camera probably lingers on her body bleeding out and "pools of blood" can get movies an R rating. You can show nipples covered by tiny tassles on television these days, that is why Dark Knight Returns still got PG-13.
8:35AM on 04/15/2016
Interested to see how this ends up.
Not the longest book / story really, but a great read anyway. DC's animated films can be very good, so I'd be interested to check this out.
Interested to see how this ends up.
Not the longest book / story really, but a great read anyway. DC's animated films can be very good, so I'd be interested to check this out.
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7:20AM on 04/15/2016
DC can go no wrong on their animated adaptation. One of my favourite was Gotham Knights and dark knight returns..
DC can go no wrong on their animated adaptation. One of my favourite was Gotham Knights and dark knight returns..
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3:11AM on 04/15/2016
for awhile I felt like its been downhill after the dk movies,under the red hood,flashpoint and superman vs the elite.bruce timm animated batman mmovie that's rated r....shut up and just take my money now
for awhile I felt like its been downhill after the dk movies,under the red hood,flashpoint and superman vs the elite.bruce timm animated batman mmovie that's rated r....shut up and just take my money now
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2:50AM on 04/15/2016
This better be R-rated. This is dark, but unlike BvS it's a mature dark that deals with adult themes.
This better be R-rated. This is dark, but unlike BvS it's a mature dark that deals with adult themes.
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10:10PM on 04/14/2016
Wow, I didn't know WB animation has the guts to make this into R rating. Can't wait for this movie.
Wow, I didn't know WB animation has the guts to make this into R rating. Can't wait for this movie.
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9:42PM on 04/14/2016
Regarding the content, I think this was the only direction that DC could go to properly stay faithful to the iconic story.
Regarding the content, I think this was the only direction that DC could go to properly stay faithful to the iconic story.
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9:31PM on 04/14/2016

The Killing Joke receives an R rating and.....

Everyone who read this growing up gives an resounding... "No shit".

This is gonna be great!
Everyone who read this growing up gives an resounding... "No shit".

This is gonna be great!
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8:52PM on 04/14/2016
Bet this is because of Deadpool. Fucking hack Snyder. Wait...
Bet this is because of Deadpool. Fucking hack Snyder. Wait...
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2:27AM on 04/15/2016
Haha good one!
Haha good one!
8:46PM on 04/14/2016
Thank you jeebus! Can't wait for this. Would love to see them do this more often.
Thank you jeebus! Can't wait for this. Would love to see them do this more often.
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8:37PM on 04/14/2016

Fuck yes!!!

Say what you will about DC films, but their animated movies are almost always good. Totally looking forward to this one.
Say what you will about DC films, but their animated movies are almost always good. Totally looking forward to this one.
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8:34PM on 04/14/2016

Oh Fuck Yes!

I can't wait for this.
I can't wait for this.
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