Heath Ledger and Christian Bale Are About to Be Shown Up By a Cartoon: First Trailer for ‘The Killing Joke’ Has Dropped

There’s no rivalry in the DC universe better than Batman versus The Joker, but until now not one film has been able to get it right. We’ve come close with Christian Bale and Michael Keaton. We’re getting even closer with Heath Ledger and (hopefully) Jared Leto. To be quite frank, there’s no human form on this planet that is capable of perfectly surmising another character, so what do you do when prosthetics, costuming and method acting fail to live up to the expectations of Batman fans? You make a larger than life cartoon. That’s how these characters were conceived. That’s how they were meant to live on. And that’s how we’re going to get this s**t done.

And now, we just may have gotten it right. The next installation in the enigma that has been the Batman and Joker epic is Batman: The Killing Joke. It’s based on the acclaimed comic of the same name. According to The Verge:

It provides an origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime, and goes on to lay out how his obsession with Batman originated. Nonetheless, it is without question an ugly story — particularly to Barbara Gordon AKA Batgirl. Critics have decried the novel over the years for the scene in which the Joker shoots Barbara through the spine, leaving her paralyzed. He then photographs her nude to torment her father, Commissioner Gordon. The decision to bring that one aspect of the story into canon only deepened the tragedy; though these days Barbara is back in her cape and cowl in her own Batgirl series.

Kevin Conroy will voice the Dark Knight while Mark Hamill will take on the daunting tasks as the clown-faced deviant. Hopes are high for the film that will premiere for the first time at San Diego Comic-Con. Details pending on wide release.

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