With a title like ‘The Killing Joke’ it is not surprising you would assume a film might receive an R-rating, however with a animated film about a comic character such as Batman, it may come to a much larger surprise.
Animated films such as these are quite popular to adult audiences, as comic related animated films such as Assault on Arkham ( which depicts the famous suicide squad ) was very adult in its portrayals.
Assault on Arkham had suggestive themes such as nudity they didn’t fully show and even a sex scene between Deadshot and Harley Quinn ( as well as some above PG violence ).
So how could a animated movie like ‘The Killing Joke’ go above and beyond and get a “Restricted” rating?
According to Comicbook.com , citing an interview from Warner Bros, and Warner Series president Sam Register,
“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,” said Register. “The Killing Joke is revered by the fans, particularly for its blunt, often-shocking adult themes and situations. We felt it was our responsibility to present our core audience — the comics-loving community — with an animated film that authentically represented the tale they know all too well.”
‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ is set to be released sometime in July of this year, starring Mark Hamill as the Joker and Kevin Conroy as the just as iconic Batman.
Watch a preview of the animated movie below.