The Batman graphic novel series, “Batman: The Killing Joke” was one the best ever and we are getting an animated adaptation of the series. Which is interesting considering how dark and uncomfortable and adult that series was.
However, the upcoming adaptation has a pseudo trailer for Batman: The Killing Joke. I say pseudo because it appears as if while the clips are genuine to the upcoming project, the actual trailer is fan-made.
Batman: The Killing Joke is an origin story for the supervillain the Joker. The graphic novel is a loose adaptation of the 1951 story arc “The Man Behind the Red Hood!” The story takes place over two timelines and depicts the Joker attempting to drive Jim Gordon insane and Batman’s desperate attempt to stop him. The series was created and written by Alan Moore. One of the reasons “The Killing Joke” was so well recieved is that it humanized the Joker into a tragic figure in the Batman universe. He was a family man and failed comedian who suffered “one bad day” that finally drove him insane. However, it is also incredibly dark including the shooting and paralysis of Barbara Gordon (a.k.a. Batgirl), an event that laid the groundwork for her to develop the identity of Oracle, as well as the possible sexual assault of Barbara.
“The Killing Joke” won the Eisner Award for ‘Best Graphic Album’ in 1989 and appeared on The New York Times Best Seller List in May 2009.
You can watch the trailer for the upcoming movie below: