If you ask any comic book fan to name Batman's most famous storyline, most will give one of two answers...The Dark Knight Returns and The Killing Joke. These are the stories that defined comics as no longer being "just for kids", but as a viable option of storytelling for adults looking for a darker, grittier side to the characters they grew up with.
As DC has pushed forward their animated film line, no one ever thought stories like this would ever actually find a home as a DC Universe Animated Original. That is, until 2012, when The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 was released, with part 2 following in January 2013. This opened the gates for films like this to finally get made.
Over the years, Mark Hamill, who famously voiced the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series and the Batman: Arkham video game series, has said several times that he would love the opportunity to voice the Joker in an adaptation of The Killing Joke. And he got his wish.
At this past San Diego Comic-Con, Batman: The Animated Series creator, Bruce Timm, announced plans for an adaptation of this very iconic story, set to be released sometime in 2016. News then came that several members of the Batman: TAS cast had been signed on to reprise their roles, including Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Mark Hamill as The Joker, and Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl. This announcement was followed up by the first image and teaser trailer for the upcoming film.
And now we have an amazing 10-minute sneak peek of Batman: The Killing Joke. Check it out below:http://youtu.be/ueCJWmvyn78
The Killing Joke stars Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong, and Ray Wise as Commissioner Gordon, and will be rated-R. It is set to premiere at this year's San Diego Comic-Con and will be released on home video later this Summer.