Batman: The Killing Joke Has R-Rating Permission
The second half of the 80's had even highly popular comic series become very dark, leading to the term Dark Age of Comics in order to describe that era. It was a time where comics matured and were noticed outside of the geek scene, trying to distinguish and emancipate themselves from the flashy magazines by producing the graphic novel as an own category. Alan Moore made a name for himself during that time, writing e.g. the award-winning graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke that had drastic consequences for the Batman universe. And this very story is coming as an animated movie from DC in 2016.
There are numerous animated movies by both DC and Marvel that are rated PG-13 and showed that especially violence can go much further in that format than it would in live action films. That is why the majority of fans believed that The Killing Joke would get an authentic adaptation. But the fact that the makers are now even allowed to bring the story to life in "R"-rated territory is a surprise and shows that DC really wants to make it right. It remains to be seen whether that rating will indeed be the result but at least the artistic freedom is not threatened by age ratings considerations.
The story shows the (preliminary) end of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl because she is shot and injured by the Joker who then sends her father, Commissioner Gordon, - who previously captured the Joker - pictures of his naked and bloodied daughter. She survives the attack but is paralyzed from the waist down and later continues to fight the evil of Gotham as wheelchair-bound Oracle.
In hindsight, Alan Moore doesn't speak too highly of his story and doesn't like that he put Barbara Gordon into the wheelchair. However, critics and fans consider it a masterpiece that rightfully won the Eisner Award for "Best Graphic Album" and "Best Writer" in 1989. Even today, the story continues to show up in the top lists so there's no doubt that the upcoming movie is going to be highly anticipated. Especially if it can go full throttle.
Release: Oct 21, 2015 - Author: sausagemoo81 - Translator: Mike Lowrey