Review by Ben Gummery
Both the original graphic novel and this film is set in the fictional U.S. city of Gotham, Batman: The Killing Joke provides an origin story for the supervillain the Joker, loosely adapted from the 1951 story arc “The Man Behind the Red Hood!”.
Taking place over two timelines, The Killing Joke depicts the Joker attempting to drive Jim Gordon insane and Batman’s desperate attempt to stop him.
The film is directed by Sam Liu, written by Brian Azzarello and stars the voices of Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong and Ray Wise.
Check out our full review by co-editor Lewis here.
This limited edition set includes a Joker figurine that is modelled closely on Killing Joke; this figure was a Schleich 2015 convention exclusive and is still available for purchase separately but is a nice addition to the set. Also included is the standard cased Blu-Ray which includes a code for a Digital HD copy of film.
The box itself is made of very thin card so is not ideal to be kept as a display item or collector’s piece; despite having a display window for the figure. Both the box and DVD case feature the classic joker artwork from the comic while the disc itself features a standard blue DC version.
- ‘From the DC Comics Vault’
Included in this section are two classic Batman animated TV series episodes that feature joker storylines. These are a great addition and offer some extra Joker and Batgirl material that complement the film well;
‘Christmas with the Joker’ (Batman: The Animated Series) which is a christmas special style romp where Batman & Robin must chase down the Joker while they try to stop his festive chaos.
‘Old Wounds‘ (The New Batman Adventurers) This episode reveals the story of how and why Dick Grayson left the role of Robin after the end of Batman: The Animated Series and how Barbara discovered their secret identities and became part of the team. They must also team up to stop the Joker from using his Radar blocker to cause havoc in Gotham.
- ‘A Sneak Peak at DC Universe’s Next animated movie‘ – A short featurette about the upcoming Justice League: Dark animated film.
- ‘Madness set to music’ – A short yet insightful featurette about the scoring and music process for the film including the challenges of creating music for the Jokers song.
- ‘Batman: The Killing Joke: the Many Shades of The Joker‘ – This in-depth featurette is one of the gems of the set as it looks at the character of the Joker across all mediums including the comic books as well as Heath Ledger’s TV joker while paying special attention to the character in Killing Joke and the importance of this book and it’s creators Alan Moore and Brian Bolland.
- Trailers – Standard trailers are included for the live-action film Suicide Squad, the animation Batman: Bad Blood as well as an advert for the DC: All Access App.
- Sneak-peak featurettes are also included for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part One, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part Two & Batman: Assault on Arkham; it is a slightly bizarre decision by DC to include old promotional features for films which were already released before Killing Joke was even in production and it doesn’t really add much to the set having them there.
Overall this is a great value set for the price (currently around £12 – around the same price as the regular blu-ray without figurine) as well as several interesting featurettes (featuring comic legends such as Bruce Timm as well as the Joker himself Mark Hamill) and is a must for any die-hard Batman or Joker fan!!!
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