WARNING! Possible spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.
During the week, I was lucky enough to go to an early screening of the new animated Batman film, “The Killing Joke” with Ardella Cosplay and I gotta tell you, it was top shelf.
(The poster was perfect)
For those of you not familiar with "The Killing Joke," it’s an incredible graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland that tells the back-story of Batman’s most iconic villain, The Joker.
The novel itself isn’t very long, so when they had announced that they’d be making a film, I wondered how they would extend the story in order to fill the time.
This sort of had me worried. The story was already amazing, how on earth would they add to it without messing it around.
But my worries were out to rest when the film begun.
The story starts, surprisingly, with Barbra Gordon (Batgirl) narrating her partnership with Batman.
As soon as I saw this, it made complete sense since Babs plays such an integral part in the plot for The Killing Joke. I won’t go into too much detail about the film but what I will say (In my own opinion) was that it was amazing.
Check this tiny little theater outtttt!)
I sat on the edge of my seat the whole time, glued to the screen as I watched one of my favorite graphic novels come to life. The story is panel for panel accurate, with little new things thrown in here and there for extra awesomeness.
The animation had a very anime vibe to it which was really cool because I’ve always like that style but never really had the head for watching an anime series from start to finish. This movie had so many hard-hitting scenes, action wise and on an emotional level.
It is NOT for children. I’m serious. It’s dark and may be a bit much for even the more mature geeks out there. So don’t this lightly.
But! DO SEE IT! For anyone that loves Batman and The Joker, it reveals so much about both characters and their crazy, intertwined relationship.
I have to cosplay Batgirl now for reasons…
And I think even The Joker is on the list. Some day.
I can’t wait for everyone else to see this so that I can gush about it even more like the fangirl I am!
Check out Lucky's podcast as she talks in-depth about why the "Killing Joke" is not a summer comedy.