There was a rush of Batman news from Comic Con this weekend, including a brand new trailer for Batman vs. Superman and new footage from the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, complete with Jared Leto as the Joker.
All of that stuff was really cool, no doubt. But the coolest Batman related news from the weekend? They are turning “The Killing Joke,” perhaps the most iconic Batman comic book/graphic novel of all-time, into a movie in the DC Animated universe.
Batman: The Killing Joke is coming to animated film 2016 — Just announced by Bruce Timm at our JL: Gods & Monsters panel! #DCSDCC
— DC Comics (@DCComics) July 11, 2015
The story is about the Joker turning into the most violent and evil version of himself in order to push Batman to his limits. It helped turn Batman into the dark and gritty comic-noir that Christopher Nolan depicted so brilliantly his Dark Knight films. It is considered the must-read book for anyone who calls themselves a fan of the Joker.
The Batman animated films so far have been excellent, especially Batman: Year One and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Parts I and II). The series also is home a number of excellent Superman and Justice League films, should be more than just a Bat-fan.
The film is slated to be released in 2016, which should tie in well to the release of other DC projects that feature Batman and the Joker.