In 1988 one of the definitive Joker stories ever told was by the great Alan Moore and Brian Bollard in a one-shot graphic novel. And while Moore has been on the record before stating he was not a fan of the now very popular Batman: The Killing Joke, readers and critics obviously disagreed.
The book would win an Eisner Award in 1989 for “Best Graphic Album” and would go on to see numerous printings that would reach the double-digit range. Each printing received different colors for the lettering on the cover, with green having been the first printing.
The staying power of this graphic novel has been such where an animated movie has now been created about it. Which says a lot as it’s not often were a single one-shot book gets transformed into an actual movie. It will feature the return of both Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker, from the popular 1990’s Batman: The Animated Series.
But before this movie becomes available for DVD purchase at your local Target or Walmart, you can catch it on the big screen for one night only Monday, July 25th. The event is being brought to you by Fathom Events and Warner Brothers – details on showing locations can be found on the Fathom website.
In addition, there will be a special introduction from Mark Hamill plus a never-before-seen documentary about how he was cast in this project and what the role means to him as an actor and a fan. Oh, and did I mention it will be rated R? Consider that the cherry on top!
**Article updated 7/21/16. Due to very high demand an additional date has been added for Batman: The Killing Joke on July 26th. Further details available on the Fathom website (clink on above link).