"Batman: Bad Blood" producer James Tucker revealed the animated adaptation of "The Killing Joke" has the potential to be rated R during a Friday night panel at New York Comic Con. CBR has reached out for comment.
When asked about the shift from adaptations of comics to original features, Tucker said, "At first we were pretty much told that's what we were going to do." He mentioned that, of the three annual films, one tends to be an adaptation, with the next being "Killing Joke." "They said we could make it an R" for "Killing Joke," Tucker said, quickly adding, "[I'm] not saying that's what it will be, but we'll see."
Following the panel, reports began to surface stating that he had announced the film would receive an R-rating. Tucker took to Twitter to clarify, writing,
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
Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland, "The Killing Joke" is one of the most iconic and acclaimed Joker stories, along with one of the most controversial, primarily stemming from its depiction of brutal violence against Barbara Gordon. In "The Killing Joke," Joker shoots Gordon and leaves her paralyzed. It's been commonly interpreted, though not specifically stated on the page, that the character was also raped. Earlier this year, DC Comics debuted a "Batgirl" variant cover using imagery inspired by "The Killing Joke," quickly drawing vocal criticism. The cover was later pulled at the request of its artist, Rafael Abuquerque.
The latest in the long-running series of direct-to-home release, DC Comics-based animated feature, "Batman: The Killing Joke" is expected for release sometime next year.