Batman: The Killing Joke
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Batman: The Killing Joke (BD)
To prove that one bad day can make any man as insane as he is, the Joker wages a psychological war on Batman that catches Commissioner Gordon and his daughter in the crippling crossfire and leaves scars on the Dark Knight that even time won’t heal.]]>
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Well, they did.
They put Batgirl and Batman together. Fine. It disturbs me because Batgirl belongs with Nightwing, but if that is the way they are going, then fine. But they didn't even put them together in a good way. Batgirl is supposed to be a strong character, but all she did in this movie was dream about Batman. She was pretty much only Batgirl because she was in love with Batman. Was that part of the story really necessary?
The backstory they gave her before the graphic novel content began did no favors to her. Everyone knows she is going to get shot and paralyzed, and everyone knows it will be emotional, so why not make it even more painful to watch? Make the backstory about how great Batgirl was and how much she loved doing what she did. Then rip it all away from her. Make the audience cry and feel pain for her. Instead, they made it as though her paralysis didn't even matter because in the movie she quit being Batgirl before she was shot. So, it was sad, but not as sad.
A good story would have shown how much she loved helping people at the beginning, have the graphic novel content, and then show how she adjusted afterwards and her road to becoming Oracle. That would have been perfect.
Instead the creators felt as though they had to include romance. Then had some random, filler characters that were no more than stereotypes.
I give it 2 stars because of the animation. But the story killed the graphic novel. I wish I didn't buy it :(
Once the prologue ends and the Killing Joke begins, though, the adaptation is excellent. Most lines are read verbatim from the comic book. The animation is done differently, but scenes match their respective comic book panels very well. Mark Hamill's performance as the Joker alone is a good reason to watch this film, as he plays his role excellently.
Overall, I wish the prologue had been done a bit better, but I still think this movie is definitely worth watching.
It's well done and you will want to watch it repeatedly.