Sam Liu

Batman: The Killing Joke


As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness.

#action     #adventure     #animation     #superhero     #thriller    



"Batman: The Killing joke" was one of my most anticipated movies of the summer and I'm gutted to say it was a huge let down. Being a huge fan of the comic, I didn't expect it to go this bad. Nothing really worked for me, from the pointless and bad first act which didn’t have anything to do with the rest of the movie to the anticlimactic ending. Only a handful of scenes, directly taken from the comic, were executed just right, the rest was an utter disappointment. Even the animation was barely above average with some scenes even having frame rate issues. Luckily, the return of Mark Hammil as the Joker and Kevin Conroy as Batman saved some parts of the movie with some fantastic voice acting. All in all, I didn't find anything redeeming about "Batman: The Killing joke" and suggest you just read the comic if you are interested in the story.

#problematic 1.5


Going into “Batman: The Killing Joke” I didn’t really have a lot of expectations though I did already have a good experience with previous animated DC movies. Sadly I can’t tell you this one is quite as good. The story is divided into 2 parts which are quite unrelated to each other apart from giving a little bit of extra information on Batgirl, but this really isn’t important for the story as a whole and yet it takes up about a third of the movie. I feel as though they rushed two different stories into one and I am positive it would have been a lot better if they had focused on just one. Furthermore, because of the very fast nature of the movie you don’t really get time to relate to any of the characters and you end up losing interest at quite a fast pace. Bottom line, I can’t really recommend “Batman: The Killing Joke” if you are looking for an exciting film.

#enjoyable 3.0


“Batman: The Killing Joke” is the long awaited adaptation of the acclaimed comic by the same name and the movie had some promising factors. Firstly, the return of Mark Hammil and Kevin Conroy, who by the way gave us some great performances, and secondly the fantastic comic it adapted. However, despite these good points the movie fails to give us much excitement nor does it deliver some much needed thrills. The added story fell flat with a boring and unnecessary first 30 minutes and we get to see very little character development, this is especially true for some of the villains as they are new to the movie scene. Lastly, we get an anticlimactic ending, what a shame. As a closing note we quickly want to address the animation which isn’t on par with the rest of the DC animated movies. Overall, we don’t recommend you to watch “Batman: The Killing Joke”

#timekiller 2.5