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Comic fans have been hotly anticipating the release of Batman: The Killing Joke since the project was announced earlier this year. The straight to DVD and Blu-Ray animation has been touted as a visceral retelling of Alan Moore's 1988 graphic novel, but it looks it's not exactly going straight to disc. 

From Alternative Press, we learn that Batman: Killing Joke will play in select theaters throughout the country on July 25, so save the date. 

In case you need a primer: Batman: The Killing Joke tells the Joker's origin story, and is one of the most cherished stories in the greater Batman universe. It was originally a graphic novel written by Alan Moore, but it's getting the film treatment from DC Comics—and it's going to be the franchise's first R-rated film. Oh yeah, and Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy are playing The Joker and Batman, reprising their respective roles from Batman: The Animated Series. It officially premiers at San Diego Comic Con.

So if you're amply hyped, watch the film's super macabre trailer here and visit Fathom Events on June 17 to buy a ticket.