Batman: The Killing Joke [Deluxe Edition] [Includes Figurine] [Blu-ray] [2016]

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90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1503 out of 1687)

Synopsis


Batman: The Killing Joke
The seminal graphic novel written by Alan Moore (Watchmen) that ushered in a new, darker spin on The Dark Knight is adapted for the screen in this animated feature. The Joker (voiced by Mark Hamill) launches his most diabolical assault ever upon Commissioner Gordon (Ray Wise) and his family, including his daughter Barbara Gordon (Tara Strong). It's up to Batman (Kevin Conroy) to stop this madman in his tracks - but in doing so, he'll realize how he and his arch nemesis are very much the same. Extras include featurettes, bonus cartoons, sneak peeks and more. ~ Violet LeVoit, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Kevin Conroy
    Kevin Conroy - Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • Ray Wise
    Ray Wise - Commissioner Gordon
  • Mark Hamill
    Mark Hamill - The Joker



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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Adaptation with a Weird Addition

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    SwiftNinjaFox
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    Let's get the obvious out of the way: This is an adaptation of one of the most influential Batman stories with Kevin Conroy voicing Batman and Mark Hamill voicing The Joker. That alone is worth the price of admission. The adaptation itself is done extremely well, but The Killing Joke isn't a very long graphic novel, so they decide to add something of a prelude to it. Most of that prelude works fairly well with Batgirl, Barbara Gordan, pursuing a criminal who is becoming obsessed with her. Batman identifies this and forbids her from getting involved. The whole set up and story of her and the criminal is an early parallel to the eventual "relationship" between Batman and Joker, one of obsession. Where the prelude gets extremely weird is a one night stand between Batman and Batgirl. It's awkward, out of place, and just creepy considering Batgirl is Commissioner Gordan's daughter and has historically been in a sometimes relationship with the original Robin with Batman acting as a type of surrogate father to both of them. I suppose since it ties into the Batman animated universe's continuity, one might say this is the event that drove a wedge between Batman and Nightwing. In Batman Beyond, I believe it was suggested a relationship with Batgirl was the reason Nightwing never returned to become Batman after Bruce retired, so die hards might find it somewhat workable to weave in, but for the average viewer, it feels odd and in the context of this film, very out of place. But if you can set that aside, the movie is overall still really good and a great adaptation of the graphic novel, including a musical number by the Joker.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really good adaptation of a great book

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    I'm a huge Batman fan and have a pretty decent collection of graphic novels including The Killing Joke. I did something I don't usually do and read several reviews of this film before watching it myself. Seemed like most people didn't think it was very good. Furthermore, people really seemed to dislike the first Act of the movie which sets up Barbara's backstory. Any time you have a critically acclaimed book (graphic novel or otherwise), people get highly upset if you mess with the original material. Doesn't matter to those people if the additions are actually good or not. In my opinion, the backstory was nice. We get to explore a relationship between Batman and Batgirl that provides a fresh take on the subject. There's a lot there to give Batgirl/Barbara more weight and importance to the average viewer who doesn't obsess over the comics like me and others do. Things like this are necessary in film adaptations. Films just don't come off the same way as when you read the book. It is especially important for this story since the book is very, very short and without Act one, you'd have a film that's far too short. As for the story itself, it is a classic and is the go-to "origin story", if you will, of the Joker. You will strangely feel a bit of compassion for him. When a writer can make that possible for a complete lunatic, that says a lot about the quality of writing. Please read the book first though. Even though this film does a great job of portraying the source material on screen, the book is the better form of this story. But, overall, I'd give this adaptation a big thumbs up.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Almost perfect

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    Tacforce7
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    If anyone was old enough, 1988 was a very bad year for the Batman. Death in the Family where Robin II (Jason Todd) was seemingly blown to pieces and later, the end of Barbara Gordon's career as Batgirl. The Killing Joke changed the image of just how maniacal The Joker was. The Killing Joke finally introduced fans to the origin of the man who would become the Joker (the graphic novel came out a year before the Batman movie in 1989). The movie closely follows the comic as it can and although the story was a slightly sanitized for the animated movie, it still garnered an R rating for "some bloody images and disturbing content". Animation was in the Bruce Timm style and thankfully not the anime style propagating the cartoon world lately. The movie was very good overall. I was a little disappointed the included hardcover graphic novel was not the actual "Killing Joke" but a nice reprint of "Batman- The Man Who Laughs", originally published in 2005. Although it may seem boring to have the same movie along side the same graphic novel, I would much rather have the newer comic generations be able to compare the original comic to the movie. The included figure was The Joker in his traditional purple suit but it would have been really really cool to have him in his Hawaiian shirt and shorts with a crowbar. But that's just the comic geek in me. Overall, a pretty good Best Buy exclusive with the movie, hardcover graphic novel and figure. Shame that there were so few released in the stores. If you're a full on comic book geek or fan, make sure you reserve your copy ahead of time.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Why Aren't You Laughing?

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    MrGiggles24
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    Absolutely love these DC bundles from Best Buy featuring a copy of the animated film, a statue, and hardcover copy of a graphic novel. They're limited edition and feature a number on the bottom of the box personalizing the rarity of the product. I have watched the film version of The Killing Joke included in the bundle and enjoyed it. While I greatly disapprove of the deviations from the graphic novel in the opening act, specifically the romance between Batgirl and Barman. Ignoring that glaring issue I have, the rest of the film is faithful to the source material right up to the infamous and ambiguous ending. As for the graphic novel included, I made the mistake and not checking to see which novel was included in this bundle, so in was surprised to see it's not a copy of Alan Moore's novel The Killing Joke, rather another story titled Barman: The Man Who Laughs. I already own a copy of the book The Killing Joke, and don't own a copy of The Man Who Laughs, so this worked out nicely, but I want to warn any potential customers looking to buy this product that this is the novel included in the bundle so that they're not misled. As for the statue, it's a nicely made plastic figurine of the Joker based on his appearance during the final scenes of the film. Which is very similar to the look used in the comics. In conclusion, I highly recommend you take advantage of the money saving deal and get the bundle of all this wonderful must-have items for any comic book or superhero fan!

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Deviates too much from source material

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    The people behind this movie wanted to make a Batgirl animated film, that's fine but they should not have chosen this story as the baseline for their movie. They shoehorned in something that wasn't in the source material and turned something that was supposed to be about the Joker into a Batgirl movie. The parts of the movie that stick to the original source material are great. The voice acting is top notch as is the animation, it's definitely on par with previous DC animated movies that somehow do a better job with their characters than the recent live action films. But they dropped the ball with this one. They turned Batgirl into a rabid Batman fangirl and pushed James Gordon to the side. The source comic shows the Joker's origin story and here, it just feels rushed and tacked on as the writers and director shifted the focus of the movie. They made Batgirl something that she isn't and forced a major aspect between her and Batman that just wasn't needed. There are parts of The Killing Joke that are great, then there are other parts that made me cringe. I understand expanding on the source material as the comic was short and would have made a 30 minute movie. Maybe that's all this should have been though, a 30 minute short film bringing back Mark Hamill as the Joker and Kevin Conroy as Batman/Wayne one last time. It's sad that this will be their last movie when it could have been better. I still think it's worth watching just to see the scenes that stick to the source.

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Could have been awesome, but no.

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    rdj252
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    This is a big disappointment. The comic is edgy and not for the faint of heart, but a story where the Joker tortures and maims Barbara Gordon and then tortures Jim Gordon with that is not going to appeal to everyone. It's a horror story. It is also a key piece to modern Batman lore. I was looking forward to seeing this, and did in the theaters, because of Bruce Timm's involvement as well as the best Batman and Joker returning Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill. Boy. I know they were going with a comic come to life look, but the animation is bad and choppy to the point of distraction. They should have gone Animated Series style or something, but they wanted to bring the look of the comic to the screen-but dude, make it look better than that! The idea of adding more Barbara Gordon/Batgirl to the beginning to give what happens more of an impact I was good with, but she comes across as a mixed up teenager instead of a woman in her 20s. Then the out of nowhere rooftop scene with Bats? That made no sense. They should have just given her a story, not a love story, and that would have been fine. Once we get to the actual comic book storyline it's good and it saves this from being a complete dud, but I really expected SO much more from the people who put this together; and I know it was a dream project for Hamill and Conroy and Timm which makes no sense with the results. Got it because I'm a completest, and waited until it was on sale.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    The movie was ok

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    The movie was ok, but I didn't like four things in it. I'm not much of a singing-in-the-movie type, so I could've done without that one song. Then, there's the messed up scene on the roof with Batgirl that's truly confusing, and then there's the puzzling ending of the movie. That ending was like, someone letting you watch a movie, but stopping it like 20mins before the end. What happened next?? ...And at what point is it ok for 'BATMAN' to laugh?? I mean, didn't his close friend just get kidnapped & striped nude, and was shown nude pictures of his daughter?? Did he forget what happened to Batgirl?? But yet when Joker told Batman a joke, he laughed so good that he had to put his hand on Jokers shoulder. Maybe its just me, but if you're dressed as a character who you want villians to fear, seems like the worst thing you could do is to humanize that character by laughing. And yeah, I know its just an animated movie, but DC is known for how good all their animated movies are. To me, they are held at a high standard when it comes to those types of movies, because DC has Marvel beat when it comes to that.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good and Bad

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    SDavidD
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    Batman: The Killing Joke is one of the great Batman graphic novels of all time. The animated adaptation of this seminal story is... both good and bad. The bad is pretty bad but the good is pretty darn good. The bad comes from the prologue -- to pad this 48-page story out into a full-length animated movie, a new prologue was written to flesh out Barbara Gordon/Batgirl's character. A nice idea in theory, but here's the problem... this isn't a Batgirl story. This is a Batman story; this is about Batman and his relationship with the Joker. Adding on extra with Batgirl seems out of place. Yes, the theme of being too wrapped up with ones adversaries certainly echoes into the main tale, but ultimately it feels tacked on, as does the brief epilogue. However, the main story is a faithful adaptation of the graphic novel, and it is incredibly gripping and entertaining. The animation is good, but not great. Though extra care is taken with the Joker to make him look more like Dave Gibbon's pencils. For Batman fans, it's definitely worth watching, though understand you will have to take the good with the bad.

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