Words cannot express the excitement that must be resounding around the Batfan community. The release of this much anticipated project is looking more real by the day, and now there’s something even more concrete to stand on. An extended 12-minute sneak peak has been released that features insight from the film’s creative team and the cast. Bruce Timm has returned to Batman and brought with him his old crew of Kevin Conroy (the definitive Bat-voice), Mark Hamill (the definitive Joker), and Tara Strong (the definitive… who hasn’t she been?). Check out the clip below.

 

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When the project was first announced, it was instantly met with enthusiasm. How could that not be the result? However, there was concern as to how Alan Moore’s relatively short graphic novel could be turned into a feature length film. To allay those concerns, the producers revealed plans to add to the story. In the sneak peek, Bruce Timm addresses what was added by discussing how they chose to avoid “padding” the story. They came up with the idea to essentially create a prologue “to show Batgirl in action,” said creative director Mike Carlin. This was done for viewers to get a better sense of who Barbara Gordon was before the events of The Killing Joke. Seeing Babs in action is great, and its heightened by the stellar animation design, inspired by Brian Bolland’s iconic work on the comic.

 

Cover of 'Batman: The Killing Joke'

Courtesy of DC

 

Thankfully, the wait to see the complete film is drawing to a close. There’s more information coming at San Diego Comic-Con, then the film will release later this summer, though a date has yet to be set. In regards to the rating, Bruce Timm says the jury’s still out; it may get a PG-13 rating, it may get an R.

 

Top Image Courtesy of Mark Hamill on Twitter via Warner Bros.