We can’t wait for Batman: The Killing Joke!
In just under a week the world will have the privilege of seeing Batman: The Killing Joke. There are millions of reasons why we’re excited, but I have a couple that I need to get off my chest.
1. Superhero movies have the perfect platform for darkness.
Think about it, a world that needs superheroes must be a pretty messed up world in the first place. So, it makes perfect sense to create a dark and twisted platform for justice to be served.
With each Marvel instalment we’re introduced to a new level of spangled camp-ness, which I enjoy, but it’s no secret that the genre can be pushed further. This outlook couples particularly well with Batman’s origins. Whoever thought a story about a boy who witnessed his parent’s death should be targeted at children must have been – on some level – a sadist.
2. It’s an exciting medium (animation), and it hasn’t really been adopted for adult films.
For decades’ animation was reserved for PG 13+, but why? The stylisations are so beautiful and expressive; it seems like a shame that it doesn’t feature in more mature films (not those kind, c’mon guys I’m trying to be serious).
The Killing Joke will be Batman’s first R-rated film; following Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, it seems like it will be a difficult job to imagine a darker narrative, but I really am excited to see how hauntingly reimagined this newly drawn picture will be.
3. It continues the Batman-Joker narrative.
And hey, for anyone who grovels at the feet of our comic book overlords that’s usually a good sign. It seems that, with each new chapter in Batman’s life, whether that be through comic book, movie or videogame, we found out more and more about our favourite superhero.
His story is so multi-faceted and enthralling, it’s no wonder DC Comics has chosen to place such heavy focus on the life and times of Batman. I wonder what we’ll learn this time round?
The Killing Joke is set to release on the 24th of July 2016 in Australia.