Cert: 15 Runtime: 76 mins Director: Sam Liu Cast: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong and Ray Wise
Memories are what our reason is based on. If we deny them, we deny reason itself. Although, what’s wrong with that, really?
It has been a while since I reviewed an animated Batman movie. Personally I couldn’t resist The Killing Joke! Probably one of the greatest graphic novels ever written by Alan Moore. The fact that Mark Hamill had returned to voice The Joker made it even more appetising. So what is The Killing Joke about? We take a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian to his fateful encounter with Batman (Kevin Conroy) that changes both of their lives forever. Years later, and now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker (Mark Hamill) devises a plan to prove that one bad day can make anyone as insane as he is – setting his sights on Commissioner Gordon (Ray Wise). It’s up to the Dark Knight to put a stop to The Joker’s latest scheme and save one of Gotham City’s finest.
Batman: The Killing Joke was good, it was also somewhat underwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed myself thoroughly throughout the movie. The main issue was the first 28 minutes with Batgirl and Batman, there was no need for it. Clearly they did it to flesh out the run time of the movie. Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy, returning as the Joker and Batman respectively, gave truly outstanding performances, as to be expected from the two of them. This provided a bittersweet sendoff for Mark Hamill’s Joker, as he has said this will be his last time voicing the character. Some of the voice acting was a bit emotionless, even Kevin Conroy’s delivery. The animator didn’t animate the background characters during Joker’s flashbacks in a bar. They move in the comic, so it can’t be directorial decision to highlight the dreamlike nature if the scene and it stood out due to the phenomenal animation for the rest of the film.