Warner Bros. are set to premiere the highly anticipated animated feature Batman: The Killing Joke at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
Something of a tradition stretching back nearly ten years, Warner will host the World Premiere for their latest DC Universe original movie on the Friday night of the hugely popular event. As part of the event, there will also be a post-screening panel with some of the cast and filmmakers and given that cast includes to eagerly awaited return of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, voicing Batman and The Joker, this is sure to be a popular attraction at this year’s convention.
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.”
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.