THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE (2016)










#112 is Batman: The Killing Joke, the much-anticipated adaptation of the memorable story by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. The second half of this is pretty close to the original, and both Kevin Conroy and (especially) Mark Hamill excel in the voices they've mastered for years, Batman and the Joker. The Joker has never sounded more authentically evil and insane than here. The main thrust of the story is one bad day. A bad day for the Joker as we see how he went from a strug...gling comedian with a young pregnant wife to the thoroughly insane. And it parallels with terrible things he does to Commissioner Gordon and his daughter Barbara aka Batgirl. While faithful, the animation just does not bring this strong, upsetting tale fully to life. Bruce Timm does his best but it didn't move me as the original did. And the first 40 minutes or so are filled with some sort of Batman/Batgirl partnership created for this film and it just doesn't fit the characters I know at all. Especially when we find that the two have a sexual relationship. Nope, does not work at all in my eyes. Batman: The Killing Joke is merely ok and does not live up to the reputation of its predecessor.

TLA one-word review: disappointing