Batman: The Killing Joke expected to be rated R. The animated adaptation of the classic graphic novel by Alan Moore will feature explicit content similar to that in the source material.
Known among comic readers for it’s graphic depictions of violence and nudity almost as much for it’s iconic story, The Killing Joke has been a fan favorite since it’s publication in 1988. Unsurprisingly, the movie has been a source of both anticipation and anxiety among Batman buffs who looked forward to seeing the story told in dramatized form and who worried that the more mature aspects of it would be watered down. Thus, the news that the film will be rated R should come as a welcome development to them.
Indeed, the respect accorded to the graphic novel is so great that even officials at Warner Bros. commented on it:
“From the start of production, we encouraged producer Bruce Timm and our team at Warner Bros. Animation to remain faithful to the original story — regardless of the eventual MPAA rating,” Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation & Warner Digital Series tells the site. “The Killing Joke is revered by the fans, particularly for its blunt, often-shocking adult themes and situations. We felt it was our responsibility to present our core audience — the comics-loving community — with an animated film that authentically represented the tale they know all too well.” They mention that there are no plans in place for a PG-13 version, so this is one cartoon you won’t share with your kids!
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