Batman: The Killing Joke

Featuring The Voices of: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong, Ray Wise, John DiMaggio
Directed By: Sam Liu

Overhyped.

Why even bother taking one of the greatest moments in Batman’s history, if all you’re going to do with it is this? I suppose the redeeming value is hearing Mark Hamill voice The Joker again, because he’s so fantastic playing that character. But he’s not given nearly enough here to do.

Basically, this film features a first act that isn’t really The Killing Joke, but more of an exploration of Batgirl. There’s a bullshit villain (Paris France, or some dumbshit like that), and I can’t help but feel like he’s stealing time from The Joker.

You might have heard there’s a Batgirl/Batman sex scene. Well, yes. There is. But if this was live action, it’d barely be enough for a PG-13. In fact, this film feels like its struggling really hard to achieve an R rating. It’s almost like they had to beg for it.

I spent about as long on this review as they did on the movie, just to prove a point. It’s a short film, full of filler. I could fill this review with filler, but I don’t want to waste your time.

FINAL GRADE: D+

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