Batman: The Killing Joke Animated Movie Starring Kevin Conroy & Mark Hamill First Look Revealed

Batman: The Killing Joke

Mark Hamill has shared the first image Batman: The Killing Joke.

Hamill tweeted the first still from the upcoming animated adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s graphic novel three times, each with a quote from the graphic novel and an additional word, eventually spelling out “THE KILLING JOKE.”

According to CBR, Hamill and Kevin Conroy, the definitive voices of the Joker and Batman, respectively, for an entire generation, are now confirmed to reprise their roles for the upcoming animated Batman: The Killing Joke movie. Tara Strong will voice Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, and Ray Wise will voice Commissioner Gordon.

Batman: The Killing Joke will premiere at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and will release in stores in the summer of 2016.

DC’s Batman: The Killing Joke movie could be a classic

The Killing Joke is perhaps one of the most controversial storylines of all time. The gruesome torture of Bat-Girl by Joker has left a terrifying impression in the minds of all comic readers for years. Lately it has been garnering a lot of controversy, specifically about the the way that the Joker tortured and sexually abused Batgirl. Our new Joker on the big screen, Jared Leto, has been compared heavily to The Killing Joker version of the character and many started to campaign for a Killing Joke implementation on-screen! Well, at SDCC, DC announced that Warner Bros. have finally green-lit an R-Rated Killing Joke movie but it isn’t what you expected!

We may be getting an R-rated animated Killing Joke

 

Neil Patrick Harris Open To Playing The Riddler In Batman Movie

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With all the hype building for the DC Extended Universe, fans and celebrities alike are looking beyond the movies on the immediate 2016 front.

Twitter account, Superhero Feed, took to social media to ask How I Met Your Mother and Gone Girlstar, Neil Patrick Harris, if he would have any interest in playing The Riddler in an upcoming Batman film alongside Ben Affleck and the actor is into it – under certain circumstances.

Sorry, Fifty Shades of Grey/Batman v. Superman shippers, but if you want Neil Patrick Harris in the DC Extended Universe, he’ll have to keep his clothes on. As will Harris’ Gone Girl co-star and Batman himself, Affleck.

In all seriousness, Harris probably isn’t so serious, but it is fun to think about him playing the part. He’s played parts in twisted films before and the dark cinematics of the DC movies would likely portray The Riddler as a fairly vile guy. Our friend BossLogic went ahead and provided us with a rendition of Harris as The Riddler and we’ve embedded it in the gallery below.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.

Warner Bros. Gives Permission for R-rated ‘batman: the Killing Joke’ Movie

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At San Diego Comic-Con it was announced that Batman: The Killing Joke would be one of the next animated movies from DC Comics and Warner Bros.. Tonight at the Batman: Bad Blood panel at New York Comic-Con we got word from producer James Tucker that Warner Bros. gave them permission to make it rated R!

It seems like Tucker isn’t 100% sure if the movie will move forward with an R-rating, but honestly, it’d be really hard not to! One of the most pivotal scenes shows The Joker shooting Batgirl in the back, paralyzing her. He then strips her naked and photographs her, and uses those photos later on to torture Commissioner Gordon.

Do you think Batman: The Killing Joke needs to be rated-R to do it justice? Sound off in the comments below!

Correction: This article previously said that James Tucker was directing. He is not.

Gunman turns ‘Batman’ screening into real-life ‘horror film’

Story highlights

  • 30 people remain hospitalized; 11 in critical condition
  • Authorities postpone action on the suspect’s booby-trapped apartment until Saturday
  • Source: The gunman told police he was “the Joker”
  • Police say 12 people were killed and 58 injured in movie theater shooting

The suspect in the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater screening of the new Batman film early Friday had colored his hair red and told police he was “the Joker,” according to a federal law enforcement source with detailed knowledge of the investigation.

At least 12 people were killed in the rampage and 58 were injured, one fewer than earlier reported. Of those injured “nearly everyone was shot,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said Friday night, adding that a handful of people were hurt in the resulting chaos.

Ten of the victims were killed inside the theater while two others died at hospitals. As of Friday evening, the 10 bodies had been removed from the complex and authorities were preparing to begin “the agonizing process” of notifying families, Oates said.

A mug shot of suspect James E. Holmes has not been released. Witnesses to the shooting described him as wearing a gas mask that concealed much of his face and head. But the federal law enforcement source’s information about the suspect’s appearance fits with a statement from New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who was briefed by Colorado authorities Friday.

Oates declined to comment on Holmes’ appearance other than to describe what he was wearing, and said he would not release his booking photo “for investigative reasons.”

The Joker has long been a fixture in Batman comics and was famously brought to life by the late Heath Ledger in 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” the predecessor to Friday’s release of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Ledger won a posthumous Academy Award for his sinister portrayal of the iconic villain who encourages anarchists to take over Gotham City.

Meanwhile, authorities were faced with the difficult task of entering Holmes’ Aurora apartment, which was left rigged with traps.

“It’s booby-trapped with various incendiary and chemical devices and trip wires,” Oates said, adding that it could take days to work through the apartment safely.

Five buildings around the apartment building were evacuated, Oates said. Residents were allowed back home briefly Friday night to retrieve such emergency items as medicine.

Authorities have postponed until Saturday any attempts to enter the apartment and are bringing in resources from the federal government to help with the situation, Oates said.

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Police say Holmes, 24, dressed head-to-toe in protective tactical gear, set off two devices of some kind before spraying the Century 16 theater with bullets from an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and at least one of two .40-caliber handguns police recovered at the scene.

Oates said the guns were purchased legally by Holmes at stores in the Denver area in the past two months. More than 6,000 rounds of ammunition were also purchased online, according to Oates.

A receipt obtained by CNN shows Holmes bought some of the tactical gear, including a vest and magazine pouch, online on July 2.

Oates said investigators are “confident” that Holmes acted alone.

The shooting unfolded inside a darkened theater packed with Batman fans, some in costume for the premiere of the movie.

Aurora police said how the suspect entered the theater is still under investigation.

A law enforcement source working the investigation told CNN that the gunman walked into the movie theater after purchasing a ticket.

After the movie was under way, he went out a rear exit door, propping it open, and gathered weapons before re-entering through the door, the source said.

As he re-entered, he tossed in a canister before starting to shoot, according to a second law enforcement source involved in the investigation and several witnesses.

Screaming, panicked moviegoers scrambled to escape from the black-clad gunman, who shot at random as he walked up the theater’s steps, witnesses said.

It was a scene “straight out of a horror film,” said Chris Ramos, who was inside the theater.

“He was just literally shooting everyone, like hunting season,” Ramos said.

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A federal law enforcement official told CNN the man used tear gas, but Oates said Friday afternoon that it was not clear what the substance was.

Holmes surrendered without resistance within seven minutes of the first calls from panicked moviegoers reporting the shooting, Oates said.

Victims flooded overwhelmed hospitals. One of the injured is just 4 months old, the child’s mother said. The infant was treated and released from the hospital.

“I don’t know how else to explain it. It’s horrific,” said Tracy Lauzon, director of EMS and trauma services at Aurora Medical Center.

Theater shooting unfolds in real time on social media

Oates said the man was wearing a ballistic helmet and protective gear for his legs, throat and groin, black gloves and a gas mask.

Jennifer Seeger, who survived the attack, said she had seen the man and thought his get-up was part of the entertainment for the film’s debut.

She said the man first shot toward the ceiling, then began shooting at people. He reloaded during his attack, she said.

“He was just literally just massacring anybody that got up that was trying to run away,” Seeger said.

As of Friday afternoon, 30 people remained hospitalized, 11 of them in critical condition, according to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Holmes is scheduled to appear in an Arapahoe County, Colorado, courtroom Monday morning, Rob McCallum, spokesman for the Colorado Judicial Department, said Friday. The court file was sealed, according to a court order. He is being held in the Arapahoe County jail, Oates said.

A statement from Holmes’ family in San Diego asked for “privacy during this difficult time.”

“Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved,” the statement said, adding, “We are still trying to process this information.”

Shooting turns movie into surreal horror: ‘This is real’

The FBI is assisting in the investigation, officials said, though it did not appear that the incident was related to terrorism.

Prior to Friday’s shooting, Holmes’ criminal record in Aurora consisted only of a traffic summons.

Aspiring sports reporter feared dead in shooting

President Barack Obama canceled campaign events Friday, telling supporters at what had been scheduled as a rally in Fort Myers, Florida, that “there will be other days for politics.”

“This will be a day for prayer and reflection,” he said, calling for the country to unite as one and support the victims.

Flags at the White House were lowered to half-staff Friday afternoon in honor of the victims.

iReporter witness: ‘We have to run’

A law enforcement source said two of the guns used in the attack were purchased at a Bass Pro Shop in Denver, while the two others were bought at separate Gander Mountain Guns outlets in the area. Investigators also found a drum magazine, capable of carrying 100 rounds of ammunition, which was attached to the AR-15 rifle, two law enforcement officials said.

KWGN: Witnesses first thought gunfire was part of movie

A statement from Bass Pro Shops said its Denver store followed appropriate protocol on the sale of the two weapons.

Authorities also searched the suspect’s car in the parking lot of the movie theater and found more magazines and ammunition, a federal law enforcement official said.

“It was everywhere,” the official said.

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Christopher Nolan, director of “The Dark Knight Rises,” condemned the shooting as “savage” and “appalling.”

“The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me,” Nolan said in a statement on behalf of the cast and crew of the film. “Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.”

Four Aurora theaters showing “The Dark Knight Rises” will have extra security for the foreseeable future “out of an abundance of caution,” Oates said.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, canceled the movie’s Paris premiere, while New York police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said his officers would watch over screenings of “The Dark Knight” in the city to prevent copycat shootings. AMC Theatres, meanwhile, said it would not permit guests in costumes that make others uncomfortable, nor will it allow face-covering masks or fake weapons.

911 tape: ‘I need somebody to shut this movie off’

Aurora, a Denver suburb, is about 13 miles from Littleton, Colorado — site of the April 1999 Columbine High School massacre.

In that incident, two teenage students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, armed themselves with guns and bombs and shot people inside the high school. They killed 13 and wounded 23 before killing themselves.

Every ‘Batman’ Movie, Ranked | Movie News

Every ‘Batman’ Movie, Ranked | Movie News

For comic book fans, Batman is the hero we need and deserve on the big screen. Well, minus the Schumacher years.

From Michael Keaton to Christian Bale, the Dark Knight has been avenging his parents and punching goons for almost 50 years. Ben Affleck is the latest actor to put on the cape, in the highly-anticipated “Batman v Superman.” In honor of the World’s Finest finally teaming up in their own blockbuster, we’ve ranked ever one of Batman’s film to get a theatrical release – both live-action and animated.

 

9. Batman & Robin (1997)

“Grab the gem. Kill the heroes!”

That that’s one of the many “so-bad-they’re-really-not-good” lines to come out of Mr. Freeze’s mouth in this franchise killer. It doubles-down on all the neon from “Batman Forever,” gives every hero’s suit some type of nipple decoration and forgets to give Batman anything remotely entertaining or interesting to do as the villains (especially Arnie) chew the scenery. Woof.

 

8. Batman Forever (1995)

Everything is either cranked up to 11 or wishing it could go higher in Joel Schumacher’s first Batman movie. Gone are Tim Burton’s “dark” everything, replaced by a black-lit Gotham and a worrisome amount of camp. Val Kilmer’s Batman isn’t half as interesting as his Bruce Wayne, but we do enjoy Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey as Two-Face and Riddler, respectively.

 

7. Batman: The Movie (1966)

Yes, it is incredibly campy. But it does feature the most villains in a Batman movie ever. And it doesn’t commit the cardinal sin of Batman storytelling that “Batman Forever” did, which is have its hero forget why he dresses up as a bat to avenge his parents’ murder. And if there is anything better than Batman vs. rubber shark, we don’t wanna know about it.

 

6. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Christopher Nolan’s third – and final – Batman film had the unenviable task of being the follow up to “The Dark Knight.” The pressures therein are visibly on-screen, if the uneven script and clunky “Clean Slate” plotline are any indication, as “The Dark Knight Rises” tries to payoff Batman’s storyline by saddling him with a love interest who does nothing to earn the right to be the woman he retires to Europe with other than stop lying to him. From a less-than-successful take on Bane to a climax ripped from “Batman ’66.” “TDKR”  mostly succeeds at making you wish Batman got a better final movie.

 

5. Batman (1989)

Tim Burton’s first Batman introduced two staples into the series: Batman’s gravel-y voice and the black leather suit. Those elements have aged much better than the Prince-ified soundtrack, but “Batman” mostly holds up, especially in regards to Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson’s performances.

 

4. Batman Returns (1992)

Catwoman and Penguin steal the show from Batman, who is given very little action in this villain-heavy plot that finds Batman struggling with duality while romancing a woman in skin-tight fine and a whip who is trying to kill him. Burton’s second Batman feature isn’t a perfect movie, but it is surprisingly very rewatchable despite its flaws. It’s this series’ “Temple of Doom,” a movie proud to wear it’s very dark sense of humor on its pitch-black sleeve. For better or worse, “Returns” set the stage for a new era of Bat films that would take almost a decade for audiences to recover from.

 

3. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

For some, this is the best Batman movie ever. Dumped on Christmas Day in 1993, this animated film, based on the hit animated series, gives Bruce Wayne one of the most layered and tragic stories he’s ever had. Facing a new foe, the Phantasm, with ties to an old one, the Joker, Batman struggles to save Gotham from a pending terrible future while battling the demons of his past – and the pain of a lost love. Action-packed and emotionally satisfying, “Mask of the Phantasm” is one of the most underrated comic book movies ever – animated or otherwise.

 

2. Batman Begins (2005)

Using the theme of fear, Christopher Nolan crafts a sprawling, near-flawless epic that just happens to be a comic book movie. Gary Oldman and Michael Caine lead an inspired supporting cast, as Christian Bale delivers the closest version of the comics’ Batman yet. “Begins” is character-first storytelling at its finest; if only more reboots could be this great.

 

1. The Dark Knight (2008)

Oh c’mon, you were expecting something else? “The Dark Knight” is the movie we need and deserve right now, or pretty much any time of day. The Joker battles Batman for both his soul and that of Gotham City’s in this gritty, “Heat”-inspired crime thriller that just happens to star comic book characters. The third act ferry sequence may drag down the pacing, but not at the cost of the drama or tension, which the film ratchets up until one of the best endings in movie history.