Anticipation for Batman: The Killing Joke has been steadily growing since plans to bring the beloved graphic novel to life were announced last year. Now fans have even more to look forward to as Variety is reporting more than 300 theaters have been added to the film’s theatrical release.
The Killing Joke to be Fathom’s widest release to date
The adaptation of Alan Moore’s 1988 graphic novel of the same name will have a one night only theatrical run Monday, July 25 in 1,075 theaters nationwide. This will mark Fathom Events widest release to date.
Participating theaters will have showings at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time. The movie will be available for digital download July 26, and released on DVD and Blu-ray August 2.
In addition to the movie, audiences will be treated to a special introduction from Mark Hamill (the voice of the Joker); a never-before-seen documentary about how Hamill joined the project and what voicing the Joker means to him; and a look at the creation of the Joker’s song and dance number.
Bringing back familiar voices
Although Batman: The Killing Joke being the first Batman film to receive an R rating has been getting most of the spotlight, the movie’s creative team shouldn’t go unnoticed.
The movie will reunite the aforementioned Hamill with Kevin Conroy (Bruce Wayne/Batman) and Bruce Timm as producer. Through their work on Batman: The Animated Series, Conroy and Hamill have become the seminal voices for Batman and the Joker respectively, while Timm is one of the most influential producers in Warner Bros. Animation’s DC film universe.
The film also features the voice talents of Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and Ray Wiser as Commissioner Gordon. Sam Liu (Batman: Year One) will direct.
The movie adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke will adhere to the same story laid out in its graphic novel counterpart, which featured a deeply unsettling encounter between the Dark Knight and the Joker while providing an origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime. The feature version will stray from its source material by adding a 15-minute Batgirl prologue.
To find out where you can see Batman: The Killing Joke or purchase tickets, visit the Fathom Events website.