Warner Bros.'s upcoming animated film Batman: The Killing Joke has been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Based on the 1988 graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, Batman: The Killing Joke will be the first DC animated film with the R-rating, but second movie overall after the extended home-video edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“From the start of production, we encouraged producer Bruce Timm and our team at Warner Bros. Animation to remain faithful to the original story — regardless of the eventual MPAA rating,” said Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation & Warner Digital Series. “The Killing Joke is revered by the fans, particularly for its blunt, often-shocking adult themes and situations. We felt it was our responsibility to present our core audience — the comics-loving community — with an animated film that authentically represented the tale they know all too well.”
Batman: The Killing Joke will premiere at Comic-Con International: San Diego in July, followed by a home video release later in the year; no PG-13 edition is planned.