As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness.
Sometimes, you just can't top the source material. Who am I kidding? This happens 98.647% of the time. In an effort to make the film long enough, The Killing Joke fills the first 25 minutes with crap. I say this as a huge fanboy of the Alan Moore's epic graphic novel and it's tough to get past the beginning. The remaining portion is enjoyable, but I just couldn't get past the beginning. Did I hate it? No, but it left much to be desired.
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I understand that purists can get bent out of shape when details are changed in adaptations of loved works. Having never read The Killing Joke, I didn't have that bias going in. That said, this feature is pretty sharp and enjoyable, finally giving the Batman universe that dark edge it deserves. Led by the vocal talents of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, The Killing Joke is the exclamation point after so many great iterations between these two talented actors. The animation is sharp as well, the grimmer shots taking inspiration from anime films.
My problem with The Killing Joke is the ending, and I will have to go to the source to see how that one ended. If the endings are the same, I'd say this version rushed through it. It just felt off and out of place and forced. Still though, this was a fun watch and I'll miss Hamill as the Joker.