EW is reporting that the Upcoming DC Animated film based off the classic Batman story The Killing Joke has done something never seen before, gotten an R rating.

A popular take on the Jokers original, The Killing Joke depicts his genesis, the famous moment he paralyzes Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl which leads to him kidnapping  and torturing  her father Commissioner Gordon.

Batman TAS stars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill return to voice Batman and The Joker respectively.

Sam Register president of Warner Bros. Animation & Warner Digital Series explained the reasoning

From the start of production, we encouraged producer Bruce Timm and our team at Warner Bros. Animation to remain faithful to the original story — regardless of the eventual MPAA rating

The Killing Joke will premier at San Diego Comic-Con and release later this year.


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