The twisted tale that begins one of the greatest comic-book rivalries of all time will come to animated life in theaters as Batman: The Killing Joke gets a one-night big screen release on Monday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time. Fathom Events, in partnership with Warner Bros., is teaming up with producers Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment to bring the graphic novel adaptation to select cinemas across the U.S.
Batman: The Killing Joke reunites the foundation of Batman: The Animated Series with Bruce Timm returning as executive producer, and actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their seminal roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively. In addition to the animated feature, audience members will get to experience a special introduction from Mark Hamill plus a never-before- seen documentary about how Hamill was cast in this project and what the role means to him as an actor and a fan. The event will conclude with a special behind-the- scenes look at how The Joker’s memorable, yet disturbing song and dance number was recreated for this movie.
Based on Alan Moore’s iconic DC graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke takes a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime — from his humble start as a struggling comedian to the fateful encounter with the Dark Knight that changes both their lives forever. Years later after escaping from Arkham Asylum, The Joker schemes to prove that one bad day can make anyone as insane as he is, and targets Commissioner Gordon.
The first ever DC animated movie to be rated “R”, the movie features the voices of Hamill, Conroy, Tara Strong (Teen Titans, Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner Gordon.
Tickets for Batman: The Killing Joke will go on sale June 17 through FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Visit the event page for a list of screening locations.