SPOILER WARNING: Minor spoilers about the “Batman: The Killing Joke” animated feature and the graphic novel it’s adapted from below.
Though highly anticipated, the animated adaptation of “Batman: The Killing Joke” ruffled many fans’ feathers with the several changes it made to the source material, namely a romantic encounter between Batman and Batgirl and a more graphic sexual assault. If you’re a fan who didn’t enjoy the adaptation, you might want to check out this radio-play take on “The Killing Joke.”
Produced by Cape Swoosh Productions and originally aired on Montclair, New Jersey’s WMSC 90.3 back in 2014, the fan-made audio play stays much truer to the source material. The dialogue is more or less lifted directly from the comics and is propelled by some appropriately creepy sound effects, from the inmates howling at Arkham to the childlike music of a carnival.
It’s worth noting that, unlike many radio plays, there isn’t any narration or overly expositional dialogue, so the story might not make a ton of sense to anyone who hasn’t already read the comic or seen the movie. But if you have read the Alan Moore and Brian Bolland story, you’re in for a treat. Listen to it below.
The animated feature “Batman: The Killing Joke” is currently available on Blu-Ray/DVD and as an HD download.
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