The movies is based offthe 1988 graphic novel written by Alan Moore. It tells the backstory of Batman’s greatest enemy and how he became The Joker because of one bad day. It’s also how and why Barbara Gordon transitioned from Batgirl to The Oracle. The novel is considered to be one of the best Batman stories ever published. When it was announced in 2015, that this story would be animated with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their roles as. The Caped Crusader and The Clown Prince of Crime, I was excited. Even having Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and Ray Wise as Commissioner Gordon was a plus. The acting, the art, and the animation was phenomenal. The story was good, but the execution left me saying, “Well that was weird!”
The movie starts off with Barbara Gordon explaining why she isn’t Batgirl anymore, which is fine for a 30 minute episode as an extra for the DVD, BUT NOT FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE FILM! Do you care that Barbara isn’t Batgirl anymore? NO! Do you care that the bad guy has a sick obsession with her; so sick that he pays a hooker with red hair to wear a half-ass Batgirl mask while she “entertains” him NO!! Do you care about Barbara’s sassy-yet-funny gay BFF? NO!!! And do you even want to see Barbara having sex, with Bruce Wayne, a person that’s like a father/older brother figure to her, in his Batman costume, on a rooftop in Gotham City, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT?!?!?! HELL TO THE MOTHER FUCKING NO!!!!!!!!! (Or yes, depending on what you’re into.) What you want to see is how she becomes the Oracle! That’s it! The actual Killing Joke story doesn’t start until 30 minutes in. Meaning that the story is only 50 minutes long. Which is fine! You don’t need 30 minutes of pointless.
bullshit movie! Just give me what I want! If the movie started out with the Joker’s origin story first, followed by the title of said movie and Barbara obsessed with the Joker, then maybe this movie would’ve been great. As for the “hard R rating”, it doesn’t deserve it. What I expected from this film was lots of swearing, blood, gore, graphic imagery, etc. But instead, I got a watered down version of it to the point that I was very disappointed. The novel was known for its graphic images, crazed expressions, all the good things the novel had. This movie was a big letdown which is too bad. I would’ve love to have seen what I was promised. It left a bad taste in my mouth. The movie on Rotten Tomatoes has a 57% rating as of now. It would not be surprising to me if the percentage was lowered after more people see the film. Overall, I give this film a 2 ½ stars out of 5. If you haven’t read the comic, go read it. It’s a fantastic read deserves respect! If you don’t care about the comic the movie is based off of and just want to see Batman and the Joker duke it out, then your going to love this film. But if you love the comic, I’d advise not watching this. You’ll hate yourself in the morning. It just goes to show that a movie can go from good to bad because of one bad decision. You can buy it digitally on July 26th. But if you want the hard copy, the DVD and Blu-Ray comes out on August 2nd.