In a surprise announcement today, Warner Bros. and DC Comics have stated that their R-Rated animated movie, Batman: The Killing Joke will have a special one-night theatrical release. This film reunites talents from the original Batman: The Animated Series with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their roles as Batman and The Joker. The theatrical release will also feature an introduction to the film hosted by Mark Hamill and a new documentary about Hamill’s involvement in what is, perhaps, his second-best known role.
The showing will be on Monday, June 25 at 7:30 and 10pm, local times. The select theaters are part of Fathom’s Digital Broadcasting Network. This network spans over 1,600 theaters across the country, but you can find out of your local theater is involved here.
Based on the graphic novel of the same name, Batman: The Killing Joke, takes a deep look at The Joker’s inner demons. It follows The Clown Prince through his years as a struggling stand-up comedian to his encounters with the Caped Crusader. After escaping from Arkham Asylum, The Joker enacts a plan to prove that he can make anyone as crazy as he is. Naturally, Commissioner Gordon and Gotham’s Finest aren’t quite up to the challenge, so Batman is going to have to step in and take care of business. But, he’s going to need some help from Barbara Gordon in the guise of Batgirl.
While the graphic novel is extremely popular, and there has been a renewed interest in Batman: The Animated Series of late, it is no doubt the return of Mark Hamill as The Joker that has helped to propel this news to the top of the press. Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, June 17th at FathomEvents.com or at the participating box offices.
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