Last weekend, Bruce Timm, creator of the 90s Batman the Animated Series revealed several updates on the production of an upcoming short movie based on the 1988 graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke. Announced to be released this July during the San Diego Comic Con (21-24 July), the animated movie will feature added content, as Timm emphasized:
‘The one big difference about it, as opposed to those other projects (The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 & Part 2), is The Killing Joke… the source material is really not long enough to make an entire feature film out of, so we actually had to add a lot more story to it. Which is tricky. But I think we came up with a really good solution on how that worked.’
It is still unclear whether or not Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy will reprise their voicing roles as the Joker and Batman although recent Twitter resources seem to prove otherwise. In any case, fans eagerly await for a reunion of the original cast, while they become increasingly curious about the added content, which nevertheless holds true to the Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s ideas for the 1988 pièce de résistance.
Helmed by Sam Liu and Bruce Timm, the story will reveal an in-depth look at the Clown Prince of Crime and the stormy link between him and Batman.