There’s a new Batman movie hitting UK cinemas this month – and there’s no sad Ben Affleck in sight
The film adaptation of graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke has become one of the most anticipated releases for comic book fans.
The film is set to be released digitally on July 26, but the night before there will be screenings at Vue cinemas around the country.
If you’re scratching your head, wondering what all the fuss is about – here’s why the release of The Killing Joke is up there with the Batman live action adaptations.
Often considered one the darkest stories in The Dark Knight’s world – The Killing Joke follows Batman’s investigation into the origins of his arch-nemesis The Joker.
This version of ‘the clown prince’ is a man who is struggling to support a pregnant wife and is strong-armed into a life of crime to pay his bills. The misfortune continues to build as his wife dies before a heist and the man is left permanently scarred by a vat of chemicals.
Meanwhile in the present day, The Joker sets out to terrify Commissioner Gordon and his daughter Barbara to prove that ‘one bad day’ could drive anyone to insanity.
Alan Moore’s 1988 graphic novel is up there with The Dark Knight Returns as one of the standalone comics which has leaked across into various other adaptations.
The story pitched The Joker not as an evil villain, but as the product of the sleazy world of Gotham – an idea used regularly in many antagonist backstories over the last two decades of superhero cartoons and movies.
The comic book also looked to push the theme that Batman and The Joker were mirror images of each other, two sides of the same coin who went on different paths after great tragedy.
Everyone’s favourite farmer turned Jedi master Mark Hamill has long made a name for himself as the definitive voice of The Joker in several animated adaptations, whilst voice actor Kevin Conroy has built a similar reputation for his gruff baritone Batman.
The two have been duking it out across animations and video games for a number of years, and are a fitting choice for the voices in this highly anticipated adaptation.
If Dawn of Justice left you feeling flat about ‘good ideas in superhero films’, we think The Killing Joke could hopefully rekindle your love of Batman.
Where can I see it?
The following screenings all take place on July 25.
Cribbs Causeway, Merlin Rd, Patchway, Bristol, BS10 7SR
Longwell Green, Avon Ring Road, Bristol, BS15 9LA
Millennium Plaza, Wood St, Cardiff, CF10 1LA
Omni Centre, Greenside Row, Edinburgh EH1 3AA
Edinburgh Ocean Terminal, Ocean Drive, Edinburgh EH6 7DZ
The Light, 22 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 8TL
Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall Rd, Leeds LS4 2DG
Great North Leisure Park, Chaplin Square, London N12 0GL
Concord Shopping Centre, Shepherd’s Bush Green, London W12 8PP
Central Shopping Mall, 36 Parkfield St, London N1 0PS
O2 Centre, 255 Finchley Rd, London NW3 6LU
19 Regent St, London SW1Y 4LR
Westfield Stratford City, 2 Stratford Place, London E20 1EJ
The Lowry, The Quays, Salford M50 3AG
Gunwharf Quays, Gunwharf Rd, Portsmouth PO1 3TA
Meadowhall Centre, Meadowhall Way, Sheffield S9 1EP
All screenings can be found at myvue.com