Produced with fellow Brit superstar artist Brian Bolland, The Killing Joke is an ultimate confrontation between the Batman and the Joker. Moore reveals that like Batman, the Joker was born from the emotional scars of a very bad day. But where Batman seeks to bring order, the Joker brings chaos. The Batman expects the world to make sense; the Joker expects the world to not make any sense at all. Moore’s examination of the dichotomy between Batman and Joker is moving and thought provoking. Paired with the gorgeous artwork of Brian Bolland with colorist John Higgins, The Killing Jokes rightfully stands as a classic.
To be fair, The Killing Joke is a sparsely populated story. We have Batman, Barbara, the Commissioner, the Joker plus the pre-Joker comedian and his wife as well as assorted hoods. The fact that two people who need to drive the story forward are both women and both wind up being victims is unfortunate but I’m sure was unintentional. I believe Alan Moore has himself expressed regret about that circumstance of the story.
- Bruce Timm, famed producer of the legendary Batman: The Animated Series.
- Voice actors Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker.
- Noted comic book writer Brian Azzarello co-writing the adaption.
The Killing Joke is notable for being the first animated super hero movie to earn an R rating. It has also earned a lot of scorn.
The sad thing is that all the people associated with this seemed to think they were doing right by Barbara Gordon, that these additions were improvements to her story. But all it does is take Barbara from being a victim once to being a victim twice.
Barbara and The Killing Joke both deserved better.
Tomorrow, a subject more fun to talk about as The Pixar Project continues with The Incredibles.
And Friday and Saturday, I catch up with the political stories for the week coming out of the Democratic National Convention.
Until next time, remember to be good to one another.
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