Warner Bros and DC Entertainment continue to ride the massive wave that has launched its new flagship film, Batman v Superman into uncharted waters. Although the DCEU’s second film has dropped its sales numbers significantly (a whopping 81% drop compared to last weekend), the gigantic super hero spectacle has still managed to hold on to its number one spot, pulling in roughly $261M domestically, and $682M globally.
The DC tentpole film has been busy trying to brush off its overtly tough (and sometimes trolling) critics — as it clutches a miserable 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But all hope is not lost for Zack Snyder’s pet project. After all, the film was not made for the critics, but the fans.
Those same, hardcore DC Comics devotees are still in for quite the ride, with the DC Extended Universe launching Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League parts 1 and 2, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps in the next four years.
On the animated side of things, the DCAU is readying the release of an upcoming adaptation of one of the greatest comic book stories ever told: The Alan Moore-penned, Brian Bolland-illustrated Batman: The Killing Joke. The film, which is directed by Sam Liu (Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Batman:Year One, Green Lantern: The Animated Series ) and executive produced by the legendary Bruce Timm — will re-tell the origin story of the Joker “who suffered “one bad day” that finally drove him insane.”
An exclusive sneak peek of the film has found its way online, where Liu and Timm describe how they’ve adapted the story and stuck as close to Bolland’s eye-popping visuals as possible, as well as adding a backstory to Barbara Gordon’s character (a prequel, if you will), which will serve to add a more dramatic tone to the events which eventually unfold.
Batman: The Killing Joke will see Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their roles as Bruce Wayne/Batman and the Joker, respectively, while Tara Strong will once again voice Barbara Gordon/Batgirl. With the 2016 Comic Con kicking off in the next couple of days, you can be sure to learn more info about the upcoming film as the hype continues to build.