Animated BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE Cover & Release Date Revealed

"Batman: The Killing Joke" cover
Credit: Warner Bros. Animation
Credit: Warner Bros. Animation

Warner Bros. Animation has announced that the animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke will be released digitally on July 26, with a home video version on August 2. The R-rated animated film features the return of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill in their popular voice-acting roles as Batman and the Joker, respectively. The film's script was written by Brian Azzarello, and directed by Sam Liu, based of course on the iconic Alan Moore-Brian Bolland story.

Batman: The Killing Joke presents one of the most compelling stories in the annals of Batman’s adventures: the evolution of the Joker from normalcy to criminal insanity. This was a very challenging story to tell because of the intense, often disturbing storyline, but we are extremely pleased with how true to the graphic novel we have been in this original film.” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to release Batman: The Killing Joke as an authentic representation of its revered story for both longtime fans and new fans alike.”

Conroy and Hamill are joined by Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise as Commissioner Gordon.

As part of the home video release, a special Blu-ray Deluxe edition will also include a numbered, limited edition gift set including an exclusive Joker figurine.

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