Batman

Batman

The Killing Joke

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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To prove that one bad day can make any man as insane as he is, the Joker wages a psychological war on Batman that catches Commissioner Gordon and his daughter in the crippling crossfire and leaves scars on the Dark Knight that even time won't heal.
Publisher: [California] :, Warner Bros. Entertainment,, [2016]
Edition: Blu-ray + DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (77 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 DVD (4 3/4 in.)
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patch666
Sep 02, 2017

Batgirls ass !!!

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redrangerbrese
Mar 01, 2017

batgirl loves batman like romance batgirl kiss to batman

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Nursebob
Jan 20, 2017

Perhaps the fact that I never read the comic books caused me to give this animated feature a higher score? For what it was---a cartoon for adults---this was entertaining though hardly original, and the animation, while colourful, was nowhere near the benchmark set by Japanese anime.

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StarLord21
Dec 23, 2016

Batgirl has sex with Batman? I don't think so. I hate when people fundamentally change adaptations. It's great to hear Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as Batman and The Joker. Brings me nostalgic memories of the 90's animated series.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 15, 2016

Part of the problem with comic book movies, it that the majority of them can only go so dark (even "The Dark Knight" films) because they want a PG-13 rating to bring as wide an audience as possible. This year (2016) saw "Deadpool" buck the trend (with terrible results), but it's the exception. the proves the rule. "The Killing Joke," based on the influential 80s graphic novel by Alan Moore (who hates every adaptation of his work) and artist Brian Bollard, is even more atypical, as it's an R-rated animated film. I'm a fan of the graphic novel and was pleased to see it adapted. As only a casual Batman film, I liked it and didn't mind, like some others, the prologue with Barbra Gordon/Batgirl, a character who is usually ignored. It preserves the graphic style, dark tone, and violence of the original and, best of all, features Mark Hamill voicing the Joker. If you remember the animated series from the 90s, it's very similar. Ray Wise of "Twin Peaks" fame voices Jim Gordon. Animated Batman is way better than Batfleck.

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blessedOne
Oct 30, 2016

The Batgirl "origin" story in the first half of the film was wholly unnecessary. What does that have to do with the Joker becoming who he is? It wasn't in the original comic, which this animation was based. If they made it separate, it would have been okay (?), but this is about the Joker, not Batgirl. That said, the other half of the film was pretty faithful to the Killing Joke comic. I only watched this because of the comic.

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jimg2000
Oct 27, 2016

Origin of the Joker with lengthy prologue on Batgirl (see "Summary") and a pyscho mobster Prince. Animation could easily be improved but may be it is a throwback film by design.

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dm1632
Oct 21, 2016

Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker. That really helps make this and brings you back to the day of the early 90's animated Batman. I haven't yet read the graphic novel but heard this movie doesn't quite match up to it. The script/dialogue for Batman was fairly weak but the Joker's lines were quite good and made even better by Hamill's classic delivery of the Joker's lines.
Special features were good so try to get it on blu-ray to watch them all.

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myamber
Oct 19, 2016

very good movie

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tj_is_cool
Oct 17, 2016

Quite good animation of the Killing Joke comic story.

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johnstonmk
Apr 13, 2017

You know, it's funny. This reminds me of a joke. See, there were two guys locked in a lunatic asylum and one night... one night, they decided they didn't like that anymore. They decided to escape. So, they made it up to the roof and there, just across this narrow gap, they see rooftops, stretching across town, stretching to freedom. Now, the first guy, he jumps right across, no problem. But his friend, oh, no way, he's afraid of falling. So, the first guy has an idea. He says, "Hey, I got this flashlight with me. I'll shine it across the gap between the buildings and you can walk across the beam and join me." But the second guy says, "What do you think I am, crazy? You'll just turn it off when I'm halfway across!"

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jimg2000
Oct 27, 2016

I'm out 100 grand, thanks to your frigging fiasco. And what do I get for it? The Bat and his bitch breathing down my neck. Bottom line, you're going to give me my money back, nephew, every cent. Otherwise you're going to become a very distant relative, very soon. Capisce?
-Okay, unc, whatever you say.
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My uncle's a dinosaur, Lonny. By the time he finds out what we've done, he'll be extinct.
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I don't want to have to hurt you.
-Why should you be different from all the other girls?
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Can't make a nest without breaking a few eggs.
-That's funny.
--No, it's cliche.
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He was the biggest boss in Gotham.
-He was an artifact. He went out with phone booths and the porkpie hat. I'm the next evolution, baby. Today, it's all about brains and nerve and tech. That's how I got his money and that's how I'm going to get you.

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jimg2000
Oct 27, 2016

Remembering's dangerous. I find the past such a worrying, anxious place. Yes, memory is so treacherous. One moment you're lost in a carnival of delight, childhood aromas, the flashing neon of puberty, all that sentimental candyfloss. The next, it takes you somewhere you don't want to be. Somewhere dark and cold, filled with damp, ambiguous-shaped things you'd rather forget. Memories can be vile, repulsive little brutes. Like children, no? ... But can we live without them?Memories are what our reason is based on. If we deny them, we deny reason itself. Although, what's wrong with that, really? It's not like we're contractually tied down to rationality. There is no sanity clause. So when you find yourself locked onto an unpleasant train of thought, headed for places in your past where the screaming is unavoidable... Remember this, there's always madness.

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jimg2000
Oct 27, 2016

I've demonstrated there's no difference between me and everyone else. All it takes is one bad day. That's how far the world is from where I am, just one bad day. You had a bad day once, am I right?
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Just guide us through this stinking factory so we can get to the joint next door. And stay far away from us
while we do the dirty work. It's like we're practically giving you money by cutting you in on this.
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Yes! I go loony as a light bulb-battered bug. Simply loony. Sometimes foam and chew the rug. Mister, life is swell in a padded cell. It'll chase those blues away. You can trade your gloom for a rubber room and injections twice a day, just go loony like an acid casualty orr a Moonie or a preacher on TV. When the human race wears an anxious face, when the bomb hangs overhead, when your kid turns blue, It won't worry you ... You can smile and nod instead. When you're loony, then you just don't give a fig,

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jimg2000
Oct 27, 2016

I mean, what is it with you? What made you what you are? Girlfriend killed by the mob, maybe? Brother carved up by some mugger? Something like that, I know. Because something like that happened to me. Sometimes, I remember it one way, sometimes another. If I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice. My point is... I went crazy. And I'm smart enough to admit it.
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Anyway, me and my colleagues, we couldn't come up with one sound mind and body between us. So, we're counting on yours. What should be done with someone who has no regard for the law?
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So, ordinary people don't crack. Maybe it's just you.
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***Spoiler Alert***
He says, "Hey, I got this flashlight with me. I'll shine it across the gap between the buildings and you can walk across the beam and join me." But the second guy says, "What do you think I am, crazy? You'll just turn it off when I'm halfway across."

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SPL_Robyn Aug 08, 2016

SPL_Robyn thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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R2_D
Jul 26, 2016

R2_D thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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jimg2000
Oct 27, 2016

Spoiler Alert:

The batgirl in the graphic novel, excerpt from wiki: DC officially retired the hero in the one-shot comic Batgirl Special #1 (July 1988), written by Barbara Kesel.[24] Later that year, Barbara Gordon appeared in Alan Moore's Batman: The Killing Joke. In this graphic novel, the Joker shoots and paralyzes Barbara in an attempt to drive her father insane, thereby proving to Batman that anyone can be morally compromised. Although events in The Killing Joke exert a great impact on the character, the story has little to do with her.[25] She is employed as a plot device to cement the Joker’s vendetta against Commissioner Gordon and Batman. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Gordon

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blessedOne
Oct 30, 2016

Other: Domestic violence jokes.

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