‘Killing Joke’ rehashes controversy with new movie

There’s just something about the Joker. He’s a perfect psychological villain — a chaotic character who plays off the controlled Batman.

“I get why writers love writing him,” says Devin Faraci, editor in chief of birthmoviesdeath.com. “I get why audiences love him, too.” The character is at the center of a new R-rated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke, perhaps the most controversial comic book of all time.

The movie — newly available on digital HD and arriving Aug. 2 on DVD/Blu-ray, following a just-completed two-night theatrical run — returns Mark Hamill as the Joker and Kevin Conroy as the Caped Crusader, reprising their voice roles from Fox’s Batman: The Animated Series. But backlash set in almost as soon as the animated movie premiered last weekend at Comic-Con, where the audience questioned the addition of an out-of-place sex scene between Batman and Batgirl (Tara Strong), a relationship that has traditionally been depicted as a mentorship.

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