Batman: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke

Sam Liu (2016)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Writer Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland distilled the yin-yang clash between Batman and the archest of his villains, the Joker, to gob-smacking effect in best-selling graphic novel The Killing Joke in 1988. This animated (but not for kids) adaptation sees longtime voice providers Kevin Conroy (Batman) and Star Wars stalwart Mark Hamill (Joker) return to add vim to a story that mingles the Clown Prince of Crime's genesis with his latest malevolent scheme, for which one member of the Bat family pays a brutal price. The confrontation between the comic world's ultimate hero and villain is well worth the wait, though first there's the Dark Knight's mentoring of the young Batgirl to get through. As with Watchmen and V for Vendetta, Moore remains uncredited - Northampton's finest has no truck with screen adaptations of his work. However, on this occasion, reading the comic book may be a more visually rewarding experience as the animation here is no replacement for Bolland's exquisite artwork, despite the odd nod to the most iconic scenes of the original work.


The Dark Knight pursues his arch-enemy the Joker, who has escaped from Arkham Asylum. The Joker is haunted by the events that made him the man he is, and decides to launch a sadistic attack on those closest to Batman, with the intent of proving a cruel point about the line between good and evil. Animated comic-book thriller based on Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's graphic novel, with the voices of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill.

Cast & Crew

Batman / Bruce Wayne Kevin Conroy
Joker Mark Hamill
Commissioner Gordon Ray Wise
Batgirl / Barbara Gordon Tara Strong
Director Sam Liu

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 25 Jul 2016