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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 :(
I own and read the killing joke and it was one of the best graphic novels short and sweet. So length was a problem as the book isn’t that long. So DC decided to add 30 minutes of Batgirl filler that add nothing to the story and ruined it for some fans of the killing joke. It was padding to make the story longer and it didn’t really need to be there and it's’ pretty average. Batgirl teams up with Batman to bring down a mob boss named Paris France. Then there's the scene where Barbara and Bruce have sex on a rooftop in a controversial move that once again has nothing to do with the original source material. I’m just going to say that the “batsex” was not a big deal ive seen people called it incest even though Batgirl and Batman aren’t related and their adults. It’s not like it hasn’t happened before it was explored in the Batman Beyond 2.0 comics. So there was an overreaction. However once again it was unnecessary I didn’t mind but once agian did it add to the original story? Nope. First 30 minutes are awful and shouldn’t have been included.
Thankful after Batgirl this is not the killing joke ends we get the original story in all it glory exploring the joker’s origins, Batgirl getting shot, and the joker’s carnival. It’s great stuff. The art and animation go from good to bad but this is a direct to dvd release so it didn’t have the highest budget.
Batman the Killing Joke should have been a masterpiece a walk in the park. But since Flashpoint Paradox DC’s animations have been really on the decline. The only good movies I enjoyed were Justice League Battle of Atlantis, Justice League Dark and Batman Assault on Arkham. The rest have been mediocre or disappointing and Batman the killing Joke was not bad but it could have been better. I do at the end ultimately recommend it as it’s the killing joke it’s very hard to be awful when it’s based on one of the best comic books ever, but just beware of the first half of the movie. As Batman the killing joke is two movies a mediocre Batgirl movie and a good killing joke movie.
This is the origin story of The Joker and how he wants to drive Commissioner Gordon insane by merely paralyzing his daughter and not flat-out kill her which should drive him even more insane I would think. And why didn't that gut shot kill her? I find it hard to believe that shot wouldn't have killed her but somehow found her spine.....but then I'm not a comic book writer or a doctor so what do I know?
The movie is Rated R but it's not that bloody or graphic.
I haven't read the graphic novel this is based on but it's a good adaptation or so I've heard.
It's great to have Conroy and Hamill back in their roles.
The blu-ray includes a sneak peek into the next animated DC movie which looks awesome