The Killing Joke is one of the more notable entries in Batman comic book history, offering one of the most sadistic versions of the Joker to date. Alan Moore’s book is one of the more divisive among fans, who either love it or despise it, and in further proving their commitment to the darker side of superhero stories, DC is taking The Killing Joke and adapting it…into an animated feature, of all things.
The Killing Joke
Perhaps in an attempt to alleviate any worries about Mark Hamill not reprising his role as The Joker in the new Batman: Arkham Origins, the hosts of Saturday's New York Comic-Con panel on the game asked the new actor in the role, Troy Baker, to demonstrate his grasp on the character.
They didn't ask him to read any old lines, either. Baker read The Joker's ominous monologue to Commisioner Gordon about madness from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's The Killing Joke, and he more than held his own. He got a full-on standing ovation. Check out the video of his reading after the jump.
If you've been paying attention to the Comics Controversy Meter over the past few weeks (a scientific system that measures outrage in milihudsons), you may recall that Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's The Killing Joke has been the topic of a whole lot of debate lately. People have raised questions about authorial intent, ambiguity, interpretation, continuity and a whole lot of other stuff, but I think the one thing we can agree on is that the story lends itself pretty well to the world of hip-hop.
Okay, I'll admit it: We did not actually know that before today. Thankfully, CA favorite Mega Ran is here to show us with "One Bad Day," where he raps the Joker's origin story over a beat sampling the NES Batman game. Check it out below!
In case you haven't heard yet, Grant Morrison recently offered his take on the end of The Killing Joke, the seminal 1988 story from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. Widely considered one of the greatest Batman stories -- and possibly the greatest Joker story -- of all time, the ending is, arguably, a bit ambiguous. In an interview on Kevin Smith's "Fatman on Batman," Morrison said he believes that one-shot was Moore and Bolland's take on what would be a final Batman story --similar to Moore's Superman: Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow? -- with the story ending when, in his mind, Batman chokes the Joker to death as he laughs maniacally.
The timing of this comment from Morrison is interesting, because I was talking about this scene a few days ago with a friend who I've been having this same argument with since 1998. She's on Team Morrison, believing that Batman kills the Joker as well. It's an interesting theory, and one I understand, but here's the thing: Not only do I think both my friend and Morrison are wrong, but I think Batman killing the Joker would make for a completely pointless story.
I don't want to sound like a grumpy old man here -- or a grumpier, older man than I normally sound, anyway -- but seriously, these kids today have it a lot more awesome than I did. In my day, we had to write essays with pens and paper, but today's youngsters, like ComicsAlliance reader Oscar Andrés Rodríguez are learning to adapt The Killing Joke into the medium of shadow puppetry!
Along with his classmates, Rodriguez created a 13-minute Spanish language version of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's classic Batman story, using shadow puppets based on Batman: The Animated Series, and it is well worth watching. Check out the full video of La Broma Mortal as a shadow play after the cut!