EW.com has confirmed that Warner Bros upcoming animated film based on DC’s The Killing Joke has been rated R.
This marks the first film in the DC Universe Original Movie franchise to receive an R rating, and the second Batman movie to do so. (The upcoming extended home-video version of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice being the first.)
In a released statement, Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation & Warner Digital Series said “From the start of production, we encouraged producer Bruce Timm and our team at Warner Bros. Animation to remain faithful to the original story — regardless of the eventual MPAA rating. The Killing Joke is revered by the fans, particularly for its blunt, often-shocking adult themes and situations. We felt it was our responsibility to present our core audience — the comics-loving community — with an animated film that authentically represented the tale they know all too well.”
Starring Kevin Conroy (Batman/Bruce Wayne), Mark Hamill (The Joker) and Tara Strong (Barbara Gordon/Batgirl), The Killing Joke will make its world premiere at Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer, with a release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD to follow later in the year.
Feast your eyes on the official trailer below, and let us know what you think of this announcement.