Bruce Timm, the many behind a multitude of iconic DC animated series and movies, has quite the task ahead of him. The Killing Joke is one of the most iconic graphic novels in history, and Timm hopes to retell that story with an equally iconic film. Judging by the first trailer we received today, he’s on the right track.
Written by Alan Moore with art by Brian Bolland, The Killing Joke was initially released in 1988, so it’s shocking that it’s taken this long to get a seemingly high quality film rendition of the comic’s events. Our two most prominent Batman players are here with Kevin Conroy voicing Batman/Bruce Wayne and Mark Hamill taking on the role of the Joker once again. The story won’t be pulled identically from the comic though, as Timm has confirmed there will be a new prologue added and that he’s tweaking some of Barbara Gordon’s arc to make it more respectable to the character.
Fans can get their first full viewing in July as The Killing Joke will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con this year. If you can’t make it there, this trailer will have to suffice. The movie, which is rated R, will then release on DVD and Blu-Ray later this year.