Batman: The Killing Joke, the highly-anticipated animated adaptation of writer Alan Moore and illustrator Brian Bolland’s phenomenal graphic novel of the same name, will now be shown in theaters for one night only prior to its release on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD.
The official debut of the animated film has been announced for some time as making its premiere screening at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con on July 22nd. For those who can’t attend the annual extravaganza, select theaters will show the film on Monday, July 25th (just 3 days after SDCC) for two showings at 7:30pm and 10pm local time. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has partnered with Fathom Events for this special screening across the country. Expect special intros and outros presented along with the film that are exclusive to the theatrical release, as well.
The Killing Joke is rated R, in case you parents weren’t aware. If you are familiar with Moore’s story, you’ll realize why it couldn’t be told properly without such a hard rating.
Tickets for Batman: The Killing Joke can be purchased online beginning Friday, June 17 by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations that will be screening the film, visit the Fathom Events website on June 17th, as that is when the list should be complete and available for viewing.
“Fathom Events is thrilled to be able to bring ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ to movie theaters across the country so fans can see it on the big screen,” said Tom Lucas, Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations. “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment have created an amazing production based on a beloved graphic novel, and we’re honored to be a part of this release.”
Batman: The Killing Joke reunites longtime nemesis (in animation, that is) Kevin Conroy (Batman) and Mark Hamill (The Joker). The two have portrayed the famous pair from Gotham for nearly 25 years, the first time being Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. Additional cast include Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon and Ray Wise as Commissioner Jim Gordon.
The movie will be available on Digital HD July 26th, and is released on Blu-Ray and DVD August 2, 2016.