While comic book fans continue trying to convince themselves they didn’t waste $11.75 on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, here’s some DC Comics news that may make them feel better. At last year’s Comic-Con, DC announced they were moving forward with a direct-to-video production of Alan Moore’s industry classic Batman: The Killing Joke. And now, EW is reporting the animated film will be rated R, the first of its kind in the DC Universe.
The R rating should delight the Killing Joke faithful who recognize the story couldn’t be told properly onscreen without the original comic’s violence and nudity. The book, which intertwines a Joker origin story with his latest escape and ruthless plan—the shooting of Barbara Gordon and kidnapping of her father Jim to draw out Batman, isn’t overly gory but the violence is intense in close quarters and the Joker strips both Gordons naked for reasons I won’t spoil here.
Batman: The Killing Joke will star Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Mark Hamill as the Joker, Ray Wise as Commissioner Jim Gordon, and Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon. It’ll make its world premiere at Comic-Con 2016 in San Diego this summer, followed by a Blu-ray/DVD release later this year.
Head over to EW for more details.