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This stilted retelling of the Joker's origin adds little to its iconic source material, further diminished by some questionable story additions that will have fans demanding justice for Barbara Gordon. Read critic reviews

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Batman (Kevin Conroy) must save Commissioner Gordon (Ray Wise) from the Joker's (Mark Hamill) twisted quest to drive him insane.

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Kevin Conroy
Bruce Wayne, Batman
Voice
Mark Hamill
The Joker
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Ray Wise
Commissioner James Gordon
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Tara Strong
Batgirl, Barbara Gordon
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Robin Atkin Downes
Detective Bullock
Brian George
Alfred
Sam Liu
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Brian Azzarello
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Benjamin Melniker
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Sam Register
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Bruce Timm
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Michael Uslan
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Kristopher Carter
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Michael McCuistion
Original Music
Lolita Ritmanis
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Critic Reviews for Batman: The Killing Joke

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  • Nov 10, 2016
    ...and so Warner Bros continues their abuse of DC comics by completely ballsing up one of the best Batman stories.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2016
    http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/batman-killing-joke-dir-sam-liu-2016.html
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2016
    One of the most formative stories of the entire Batman canon, Batman: The Killing Joke is adapted for the screen as a full-length animated film. Based on an Alan Moore comic (though uncredited), Batgirl gives up the life of a vigilante after things get too personal but is pulled back in when the Joker escapes from the asylum and attempts to settle old scores and break Batman. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their roles as Batman and Joker and give solid performances. The animation is also pretty good, though not that much better than DC's usual straight-to-video features. And even though it has an R rating, it doesn't seem to do anything that daring or edgy with it. Batman: The Killing Joke is a disappointing film that fails to live up to the reputation of the comic.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2016
    Shares the few weaknesses of the short comic it is based on, but adds a bunch of its own new weaknesses to try and get it up to a theatrical runtime and justify its cinema release. I think part of the reason the reception for The Killing Joke has been so overwhelmingly negative is that the expectations were so high going in. But that wasn't without cause. It sees the long awaited return of both Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill to their famed DC roles, and the comic it's based on is widely regarded as one of the better stories ever published by the company. And of these lofty expectations, The Killing Joke falls short. Hamill is great, and Kevin Conroy usually is as well. There are a couple of occasions that the latter slipped though. I don't know if he's rusty or just didn't care, but his voice performance is not 100%. The story essentially meets that of its source material, but rather than expand the existing story, they chose to awkwardly force an entirely different one in beforehand, to the point that this is essentially two episodes of two different shows, rather than a single cohesive movie. The Killing Joke is a little gross and is not the return to form for DC Animation that we all had hoped it would be, but the final sequence is fantastic and I don't know that the movie overall deserves quite as much vitriol as it has had.
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