Kevin Conroy on How ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Expands on Graphic Novel

Kevin Conroy on How ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ Expands on Graphic Novel

Batman fans are having a great 2016, as they are being treated to not one but two Dark Knight-starring movies this year. After Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice arrived back in March, an animated movie based off Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel The Killing Joke will soon be released on both home video and in cinemas. The comic is generally considered to be the definitive story of the conflict between Batman and The Joker, so fans are understandably excited to see it brought to the screen.

We’ve previously heard how the adaptation will expand on the source material, but now Batman himself has explained a little bit more about that. Kevin Conroy has played the Caped Crusader in animated movies, TV shows and video games since the early 1990s, so he knows what he’s talking about.

The acclaimed voice actor was interviewed by Tiffany Smith in the latest DC All Access video. Watch it below.

“They’ve actually expanded it a bit, they’ve expanded some of the story a bit,” explains Conroy. “There’s much more of Batgirl in this, um, so that plotline is more developed, and the struggle, the internal struggle that Batman has, that Bruce Wayne has in wrestling with the demons in the Joker is much more explored. There are a couple of really wonderful scenes that I have with Mark that I’m really proud of.”

The Mark he is referring to is, of course, Mark ‘Luke Skywalker’ Hamill, who has played The Joker for as long as Conroy has Batman. Joining them in The Killing Joke are Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and Ray Wise as Commissioner Gordon. Brian Azarello is adapting Moore’s work, and it will be exec produced by Batman: The Animated Series luminaries Alan Burnett and Bruce Timm. It will be theatrically released on 25th July, with the Blu-Ray coming out on 2nd August.

Image via Warner Bros. 

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