‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Animated Film Gets Possible R-Rating

blame it on JES7 October 10, 2015

Out of nearly every known Batman/Joker storyline ever created, the one-shot graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke (circa 1988) might arguably be known as one of the greatest stories told between the legendary Caped Crusader and the Clown Prince of Crime.

Penned by Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), with illustrations by Brian Bolland, The Killing Joke tells an alternate origin story of the Joker – a failing comedian “who suffered “one bad day” that finally drove him insane” – leading him to don a mask under the guise of the notorious Red Hood (as told in the video game Batman: Arkham Origins).

The story is also notable for the very dark undertone, including (spoiler alert) a pivotal scene where the Joker shoots and paralyzes Batgirl (Barbara Gordon).

Earlier this year at the San Diego Comic Con, it was revealed that an animated film of the story was in the works, with notable voice actor Mark Hamill reprising his role as voice of the Joker. Last night, at NYCC, producer James Tucker announced that he received a special blessing from Warner Bros. (who is distributing the film) to go ahead and make the movie R-rated.

It’s important to note, however, that despite these blessings, it’s not 100% that the film will wear the rated R badge. Needless to say, this news should make every Batman & Joker fanboy excited.