'Batman: The Killing Joke' Gets An Amazing 12-Minute Sneak Peek

By Matt O'Bryant

Warner Bros. and DC Films have released an amazing 12-Minute Sneak Peek at the upcoming adaptation of Alan Moore's Batman: The Killing Joke. The first official footage is stunning to say the least and reveals why we all love Mark Hamill as The Joker and Kevin Conroy as The Batman. I can't wait for this film and I only hope I have some way to see it on the big-screen. Check it out below and sound off in the comments with your thoughts.

Batman: The Killing Joke is an influential one-shot superhero comic book written by Alan Moore and drawn by Brian Bolland, published by DC Comics in 1988. It has in its original form continuously been held in print since then. It has also been reprinted as part of the DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore-trade paperback.

In 2008 it was reprinted in a deluxe hardcover edition. This Deluxe Edition features new coloring by Brian Bolland, meant to illustrate his original intentions for the book, with more somber, realistic, and subdued colors than the intensely-colored original.
— Batman-Wikia
In Batman: The Killing Joke, the Joker actually begins his life as an unfulfilled engineer who decides to quit his job to pursue his lifelong dream of being a comedian. The man, who is unnamed throughout the entire story, is struggling to support his pregnant wife. Though he loves being a comedian, it’s far from the well-paying job he’d thought it would be and, in time, he turns to crime in order to make ends meet.

Through a series of events, the man is apprehended by Batman during a routine robbery at a chemical plant where he accidentally falls into a vat of toxic chemicals that bleach his skin paper white, turn his hair bright green, and stain his lips permanently red. His gruesome transformation drives him literally insane and he becomes The Joker, Batman’s arch nemesis.
— Official Synopsis

Batman: The Killing Joke does not yet have a release date, but is expected to hit VOD and Home video later this year. The film is set to premiere at this year's San Diego Comic Con.

SOURCE: Warner Bros.