May 4, 2016


R-Rated 'Batman: The Killing Joke' Gets Summer Release Date & Bonus Features

DC Comics
DC Comics

We've been avidly tracking the feature adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke, and today's a special day in the Joker origin story's development. Aug. 2 will mark the animated film's deluxe physical release, while digital sales will commence on July 23. 

Entertainment Weekly reports that the deluxe edition will come with two episodes from The New Batman Adventures and Batman: The Animated Series, as well as a pair of behind-the-scenes features. One's about The Killing Joke's score and storyboards; the other looks back at Watchmen author Alan Moore's seriously effed-up 1988 Killing Joke graphic novel.

Oh, and the deluxe physical edition comes with a limited edition Joker figurine. Let's put a smile on that face!

So far The Killing Joke has made waves for getting Mark Hamill to reprise his role as the voice of the Joker, nabbing Kevin Conroy as Batman again, and becoming DC Comics' first-ever R-rated movie. "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," said Warner Bros. Animation & Warner Digital Series president Sam Register.

Listen to Fuse's Back of the Class podcast hash out The Killing Joke's trailer—available here—at the 37:50 mark in the episode below: