Earlier this month, Warner Bros. debuted the first trailer for Batman: The Killing Joke, giving us our first look at the return of Mark Hamill’s Joker and Kevin Conroy’s Batman. Since its initial announcement, the animated movie has quickly become one of the most highly-anticipated projects of the year, even though it still has no official release date. What we do now have, though, is a second trailer to salivate over, featuring even more exciting new footage.
The Killing Joke is a beloved graphic novel written by Alan Moore and drawn by Brian Bolland, which was published in 1988. The plot offers one of the few origin stories for The Joker, where he has a theory that one bad day can drive any man insane, which he tests on James Gordon. It isn’t known how faithful this adaptation will be to the source material, or how much will be changed, though executive producer Bruce W. Timm has revealed that the movie will include, “an original 15-minute prologue that helps set up the story, giving even longtime fans something new to look forward to.”
Away from the source material itself, the other huge draw for fans will be the return of Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy, who have become well-known for their voice work since their first collaboration on the hit 1990’s show Batman: The Animated Series. They have since reprised their voice roles on The New Batman Adventures, the Justice League animated series and a number of video games, including last year’s Batman: Arkham Knight.
The voice cast will also include Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, with Ray Wise voicing Commissioner Gordon. It hasn’t been announced yet who will write and direct at this time. Sam Liu is listed as the director on the project’s IMDB page, but that hasn’t been confirmed.
No official release has been announced by Warner Bros. as of yet.