Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
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.
what a joke
Great example of an old-fashioned, pure-at-heart escapist event movie that doesn't pretend to be anything that it's not and has boat loads of fun being its own ludicrous self.
A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.
Why is there a song? That took all credibility away from it.
This feature length animated film is an adaptation of the best-selling graphic novel, "The Killing Joke." The book was ground-breaking in presenting the origins and background of the most popular supervillain of all time, The Joker. The book's hard-edged approach to storytelling and the depiction of the characters, was something new to fans of Batman comic book readers. The above film aimed to capture all of this and did a pretty good job. The opening scenes about Batgirl are completely irrelevant and too long. The dialogue is rather glib and moronic to say the least. The writers should have created a prologue showing a typically evil criminal act committed by the Joker. It takes 30 minutes before the proper storyline begins and the whole thing is only on for 73 minutes. However, after 30 minutes have elapsed, the film improves a good deal. Batman pays the Joker a visit at Arkham Asylum in order to discover what makes the Joker tick. A series of flashbacks unfold as we the fans come to understand how the Clown of Crime came to become the way he is. The scenes involving Commissioner Gordon and his daughter are quite disturbing and shouldn't be seen by viewers under the age of about 17. That goes for this film in general as the violence is rather more graphic than usual. It was ideal to have Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their respective characters once again. Who else is going to be associated with these characters in animated form? Thanks to this film, Batman and the Joker come to respect each other in a rather twisted kind of way. It is a deadly scenario of "cat and mouse" between the two of them. The two actors deliver the goods and they are the ones worth remembering. The tone is rather a grim one but "The Killing Joke" had to be made that way in order to do the graphic novel justice. I enjoyed the scenes based at the deserted fairground in Gotham City. The setting is a natural habitat for the Joker. Commissioner Gordon in his being tortured, added some drama to the proceedings. The animation is excellent and Batman and the Joker are illustrated superbly. To enjoy this film, forget about the prologue and focus on the remaining 40 minutes or more.
Batman and Batgirl doing the nasty. Remember in Batman Beyond Barbara admits to Terry Mcginnis that she dated Batman (Bruce Wayne). Then she quit as Batgirl. This movie delved into that idea. Well a third of the movie was dedicated to that before they actually dove into the killing joke which apparently was taken frame for frame from the comic book of the same name. I did not read it or any batman comic at all but maybe that is why there is a big difference in peoples opinions. It is between those who read the comic and those who did not. The first third has no tie in with the rest of the film except for showing the end of everything. With Robin gone the only other partner of Batman left was Batgirl. Also the villain they were taking on gets obsessed with Batgirl just like the Joker with Batman. After some time passes Joker escapes from the asylum. Flashbacks showing how Joker got into crime emerges right about now i.e. Joker origins. All that while Joker shoots Batgirl, crippling her in the process and kidnaps officer Gordon apparently trying to prove a point. What follows is a musical number by the Joker. The hood worn by the red hood was really constricting how did he think he was going to manage with it? We get what we wanted anyway the origins of Joker. The best part of the movie is undeniably the ending. The Joker made a valid point and Batman provides a counter point. This was an ultimatum but Batman says that it does not have to be this way and even offers to help the Joker. The Joker then tells the killing joke and what Batman does while laughing is open for interpretation as it ended ambiguously. This conversation showed depth in both characters. We then cut to Barbara during the credits and with her actions here perhaps there is a continuation of this story in the future
If your a Batman fan, you probably love the Joker, and if your a major Batman fan who likes to read the comics, you probably like The Killing Joke. For those who somehow don't know The Killing Joke is a comic storyline that centers around or favorite clown prince of crime doing what he does best, messing with Batman and anyone who works with him. This comic has been praised for making Joker doing one of the most sadistic things he's ever done. First he cripples Barbra Gordon aka Batgirl, strips her and takes nudies of her. He then kidnaps Commissioner Gordon, strips him, makes him look at his own daughter naked and injured surrounded by freaks that you would see in a circus (obviously). The entire time Joker is trying to break Commissioner Gordon into killing Batman. Obviously Batman stops him. Before he's arrested Batman tells Joker he wants to help him, and Joker refuses saying that he's to far gone. He then tells a joke that's basically a way of him explaining how him and Batman are the same but different. Batman understanding what he's saying, laughs with the Joker, showing one of the most intimate and almost friendly times we've seen Batman be with one of his enemies. The movie takes this amazing comic and brings it into animated beauty that DC does. While it does add things such as the Barbra Gordon X Bruce Wayne sex scene which I would say I didn't enjoy, it's still amazing and should be watched, but knowing some of you who know of The Killing Joke, you've probably already seen it.