Just a couple a months out from Batman: The Killing Joke’s preview at this year’s San Diego Comic ConWarner Bros. has released the film’s official synopsis. It recently received an R-rating, much to fans excitement and a first for a DC animated film, and will open with a 15 minute prologue focusing on Barbara Gordon/Batgirl. A storyline that went regrettably unexplored in Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel. You can read the synopsis below.

What does it take for a person to snap? How much despair for a mind to fracture? These are the twisted questions that The Joker has set out to answer, to show Gotham that even an ordinary man like Commissioner Gordon is only one bad day away from sheer insanity. Based on the acclaimed DC Comics graphic novel, witness a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime. Follow his humble beginnings as a struggling comic to his fateful encounter with the Dark Knight that changed everything. Fuelled by the return of Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker, witness the birth of a super villain, the fortitude of a hero and the punch line that will leave you speechless.

The last bit about the “punch line that will leave you speechless” will certainly be something to watch for. For decades after the graphic novel released, the narrative’s conclusion was considered somewhat ambiguous. However, a few years ago, the veil on the ambiguity was lifted and revealed a shocking ending that won’t be spoiled here, in case you are reading this, excited for the film, but have never read the work itself.

Batman: The Killing Joke begins launching digitally for Video on Demand services July 23, with a Blu-ray/DVD release slated for August 2, alongside a deluxe edition.

 

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