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Batman: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke
Batman: The Killing Joke
Batman: The Killing Joke
  • R
  • 1h 16m
  • 2016
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What does it take for a person to snap? How much despair for a mind to fracture? These are the twisted questions that The Joker has set out to answer, to show Gotham that even an ordinary man like Commissioner Gordon is only one bad day away from sheer insanity. Based on the acclaimed DC Comics graphic novel, witness a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime. Follow his humble beginnings as a struggling comic to his fateful encounter with the Dark Knight that changed everything. Fueled by the return of Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker, witness the birth of a super villain, the fortitude of a hero and the punch line that you will leave you speechless.
BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: This stilted retelling of the Joker's origin adds little to its iconic source material, further diminished by some questionable story additions that will have fans demanding justice for Barbara Gordon.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Intense, extremely violent, and sexual superhero tale.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Batman: The Killing Joke is an animated feature based on a 1988 graphic novel that is noted for its darkness and the fact that it included the origin story of the Joker, a failed comic whose life and sanity turned on a single day's catastrophic events. This R-rated, 2016 film is extremely violent and, though the violence is "drawn and painted," it's brutal and played for real. Action includes frequent gun battles, killings, bloody body parts, a scene in which a leading character is tortured, sexual intimidation, fierce hand-to-hand combat, explosions, and car crashes. In addition, (spoiler alert) a beloved heroic figure is shot and paralyzed, and there are clear references to the off-camera death of a young pregnant woman. In adapting the graphic novel, the writer has accentuated and expanded the sexual overtones: Batman and Batgirl have sex (the actual intercourse is implied and referred to rather than shown); Batgirl is the object of a sexual intimidation and stripped naked (nudity suggested rather than shown); Commissioner Gordon is forced to spend a good portion of the movie naked and in restraints. Some swearing is heard ("a--hole," "sonofabitch," "hell," "pissed off," "holy Christ"). The many intense, frightening, and dark scenes, coupled with sexuality, coarse language, and an ambiguous resolution, make this unsuitable for kids.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action
  • Release Date:July 25, 2016
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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