Those of you who’re familiar with the Batman universe already know about The Killing Joke and how vital it is to the series. You also know that it’s the darkest Batman story out there.
I won’t give any spoilers for those of you who are interested and want to read the graphic novel or see the film. That’s what the internet is for, mate! Anyway, we know for a fact that Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, will be reprising his role as he voice of the Joker, but the bigger news is that DC have given producer James Tucker and his crew the green light to make the animated film R-rated. Whether or not Tucker will do so remains to be seen, but the option is there and that really opens up a can of worms. The thing about this, though, is that Tucker has been distancing himself from the project.
Never fails that I get misquoted at a con! I'm not directing "Killing Joke" and what rating it gets won't be decided for a long time.
— James Tucker (@JTuckerAnimator) October 10, 2015
So, we’re not really clear as to whether or not he’ll actually be working on it, but we do know that DC and Warner Bros. signed off on the R-rating despite him saying otherwise. Whether or not they’ll need to use that rating depends on how far down the rabbit hole they want to go, but I’m hoping that whatever they do is put together in a tasteful manner. They should take a page out of Alice Cooper’s book on this one. The famous musician, who’s known for his horror-themed live shows, has always been an advocate of suggestion without actually showing what he’s alluding to. That motto could come in handy for The Killing Joke, but since it is really fucked up I highly doubt that they’ll care too much about suggestion.