Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: The Killing Joke

The Killing Joke was was released in 1988, written by Alan Moore and art by Brian Bolland. It tells the origin story of the Joker, as seen through his eyes and deals with the controversial themes of the Joker shooting and stripping Barbara Gordon, while trying to make James Gordon go insane.The ending left ambiguous.

On Monday 25th, at select cinemas across the world, The Killing Joke movie was shown for one night only. In the UK, it was shown at Vue cinemas. The movie runs for just over an hour. The art matches Bolland's artwork and it was fantastic hearing Hamill and Conroy saying lines from comic book on the big screen. It was directed by Sam Liu, who had previously worked on such movies as Public Enemies, Hulk vs. Planet Hulk, Thor: Son of Asgard, Beware the Batman and even Green Lantern, the Animated Series. 

This is a movie that like the graphic novel was there to cause controversy, especially with the sex scene in the early scenes in the movie and a scene implying Joker raped Batgirl. These are what Alan Moore wanted and the fact they were there proves the kind of man the Joker is. It really adds to the notion that even with the relationship and what Joker did, he has even more reason to cross the line and go for the kill. The movie is more or less a shot for shot remake of the comic.

The movie wasn't complete without it's exclusives. The first 5000 tickets purchased online would receive this small plastic statue of The Joker. Upon closer inspection, it's a repaint of the Schleich Joker, released in a single pack or in a twin pack with Batman. The only difference here, is the necktie is painted off white, instead of lime green. 

In all honesty, I really enjoyed this movie. It was great to see a controversial and yet, popular Batman story released as movie by DC. It opens the door for other kinds of movies and who knows what we'll see next,