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First trailer for animated Batman: The Killing Joke arrives

04.27.2016

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There is a lot of hope going into Warner Bros. Animation's release of an R-rated animation of the greatly beloved THE KILLING JOKE. This story, originally released as a graphic novel from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, is often held up by comic fans as one of the gold standards in Batman history. With Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill returning to voice the Dark Knight and The Joker respectively, a lot of eggs filled with great expectations were being put into the basket for this adaptation... and from the looks of the film's first trailer, people might want to prepare to find disappointment inside when they crack THE KILLING JOKE open. 

Right out of the gate, the animation on THE KILLING JOKE looks terrible here. It's much cheaper-looking than previous animated DC efforts, and it gives off the vibe of a motion comic more than an animated feature. It looks like something that would have been on late-night MTV back in the day than what fans should expect from a full-length THE KILLING JOKE today.

I don't know how the whole of THE KILLING JOKE will turn out, but this is certainly not a strong first impression. Frankly, fans deserve better than this for such an important Batman story... but then again, that sounds familiar lately when it comes to movies involving Batman, doesn't it?

 

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11:14PM on 04/27/2016

Wait, what???

That was about 50% good and 50% utter crap. I doubt they'd drop a trailer with scenes that aren't in the film, so I'm guessing that's what it will look like. Really takes you out of moment. Bad idea.
That was about 50% good and 50% utter crap. I doubt they'd drop a trailer with scenes that aren't in the film, so I'm guessing that's what it will look like. Really takes you out of moment. Bad idea.
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10:52PM on 04/27/2016
This will be a nice change of pace for later DC animation that seems to focus on Damien Wayne a lot.
This will be a nice change of pace for later DC animation that seems to focus on Damien Wayne a lot.
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10:18PM on 04/27/2016
Overall the animation doesn't look bad. It's just the first few shots, which I think have been edited. Batman walking down the hallway looks like it was slowed down and the shot of the guard opening the door almost seems to start on a freeze frame. Wouldn't be surprised if it's not this way in the final film.
Overall the animation doesn't look bad. It's just the first few shots, which I think have been edited. Batman walking down the hallway looks like it was slowed down and the shot of the guard opening the door almost seems to start on a freeze frame. Wouldn't be surprised if it's not this way in the final film.
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9:52PM on 04/27/2016

Man, Oh Man...

I hope this is just some rushed out filler leading up to the real thing.

This storyline should get the absolute best from WB and DC. The BEST! It deserves nothing less.

I guess we'll wait and see.
I hope this is just some rushed out filler leading up to the real thing.

This storyline should get the absolute best from WB and DC. The BEST! It deserves nothing less.

I guess we'll wait and see.
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5:01PM on 04/27/2016
It's nice of them to show us the storyboards, but I'd prefer to see the completed version :p
It's nice of them to show us the storyboards, but I'd prefer to see the completed version :p
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4:42PM on 04/27/2016
Really doesn't look very entertaining and the voices sound wrong...
Really doesn't look very entertaining and the voices sound wrong...
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7:05PM on 04/27/2016
You're talking about 2 men who have been the end-all be-all voices for Batman and Joker for over 2 decades. There's a reason for that. Probably best to read it first then watch.
You're talking about 2 men who have been the end-all be-all voices for Batman and Joker for over 2 decades. There's a reason for that. Probably best to read it first then watch.
11:14PM on 04/27/2016
Huh???
Huh???
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4:32PM on 04/27/2016

Yikes!

I hope they smooth up the animation before it gets released. Ideally it would've been awesome if the original Animated Series team returned to do this adaptation. To this day I still think it's one of the best incarnations of the cape crusader.
I hope they smooth up the animation before it gets released. Ideally it would've been awesome if the original Animated Series team returned to do this adaptation. To this day I still think it's one of the best incarnations of the cape crusader.
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4:21PM on 04/27/2016
I appreciate that they simplified things from the lush illustration style of the graphic novel and took it to a more stylized The Animated Series style, and I'm happy that they're clearly not shying away from the adult content of the story... but I'm a little shocked by how herky-jerky and stiff the animation is here. After all the build-up, I'd think they could afford more than one drawing a second.
I appreciate that they simplified things from the lush illustration style of the graphic novel and took it to a more stylized The Animated Series style, and I'm happy that they're clearly not shying away from the adult content of the story... but I'm a little shocked by how herky-jerky and stiff the animation is here. After all the build-up, I'd think they could afford more than one drawing a second.
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