Batman: The Killing Joke, a huge missed opportunity
At this point it is impossible not to know the existence of the cinematic universe of DC real image. Right now we billboard his ‘Suicide Squad’ ( ‘Suicide Squad’) and are on track highly anticipated titles like ‘Wonder Woman’ , ‘Justice League’ ,’The Flash’ or ‘Aquaman’ . However, it is not only about these superheroes Warner has launched since since 2007 has focused on active other animated adaptations.
26 feature films are already shaping this lively than in the universe protruding titles like ‘Justice League: The New Frontier’ or ‘Batman: Year One’ ( ‘Batman: Year One’). With ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ ( ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’), which is released on DVD and Blu-ray today in Spain, take one step forward opting for a more adult approach, but the result is very disappointing, wasting notably the genius of the source material .
Comic book to the big screen
There have been several occasions when the Batman comics have looked back to give us a glimpse of the origins of Joker, the most anthological the world of Batman villain and one of the most celebrated in history, but made by Alan Moore in ‘the killer joke’ it has been the most influential of them all, so the news that was going to be a film based on it was little more than a historical landmark.
In addition, Warner decided to award creative team led by freedom Sam Liu , the first time the animated DC universe can make a qualified R movie , slightly less than an obligation if they wanted to not have to betray the spirit of the original work Batman and Joker puts in an equal position. Only one small details resulted defend himself, but in his own way, justice and the other to give to the criminal life.
On paper, ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ had everything to be one of the movies this summer as much as its release was to take place directly in the domestic market -in the United States itself that had the chance to see it in cinemas, although only for two days-. The problem is that although the whole history of comics is there, has opted for an approach that does not stop working and loaded up the macabre charm of the story devised by Moore .
A proper boot but uninspired
Indeed, it is understood that adaptation carried out by Brian Azzarello focus significantly on the figure of Barbara Gordon during the first half hour, because it is essential for its introduction into the universe animated fit and can make it evolve in rather than being an isolated adventure . It also helps create greater empathy with her for what comes next, but does not compensate everything just subtracting.
All that subplot just directed more to thin even more the day to Batman without ever having deeply proposed. In fact, just almost completely disconnecting it shortly after its controversial climax to focus on the Joker and his confrontation with the bat man. Even that sought empathy with Batgirl just being quite marginalized , so that small initial dissatisfaction is never compensated.
What remains finally in that half hour is a very powerful point in time, which settles a somewhat unsatisfactory We’ll have to see how it goes in the next adventures of this universe, preceded by several minutes of story standard superheroes backed by an animation too much on the line exposed by this universe until then. All this inthe end is getting a special film ends giving the feeling of being one more, something that will damage remarkable what form will follow.
‘Batman: The Killing Joke’, wasted genius
Almost 30 minutes of the 73 -three are needed more if you count the credit titles late- hard ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ to focus on the story that proposes a tragic origin for the Joker , while in parallel shows his sadist efforts to infuriate James Gordon, not hesitating to use any method at their disposal to achieve this . That two – way for Joker and influence antagonism with Batman are the major routes.
You can not deny that Azzarello has been quite faithful to the purely argumentative , as even the very questionable musical scene for my taste, breaks with the murky and evil aura that precedes it could fit so proposed in the cartoons.The point is that discrete technical finish I mentioned before ever manages to have the visual expressiveness Splendid work of Brian Bolland in the comic originally necessary to highlight what happens -here everything is fairly flat, with no scene has that extra force – while psychologically does not go beyond the superficial .
For my part, I do not have too many problems with some details to enhance nature of superhero story, because the evil spell had never reached consummation. And it’s a shame, because ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ has a superb cast vowel, especially Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker -roles already played in’Batman: Mask of the Phantasm’. It’s really what keeps the movie ends up being a completely forgettable adaptation, but also a new reminder of what could have been but was not.
In the end, ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ is nothing more than a pale reflection of the original comic, and it is mainly about having to conform to the animated DC instead of giving total freedom to do and undo at will universe . The result is that in the first end fitting pretty well and leaving open the way to go, but the latter just giving us a glimpse of the mythical origin of the Joker that do not profit, even remotely, all its terrifying and dramatic potential.
In short, ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ does not measure up as a film version of one of the most influential in the history of Batman comics . It is true that explores more adult themes and, leaving aside the lengthy prologue, respects the essence of the original, but never know how to match its strength as much as its two main protagonists are played flawlessly by Conroy and Hamill. Pity.