Bruce Timm on building a story around Batman: The Killing Joke

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Jan 11, 2016, 11:47 AM EST

Animation guru Bruce Timm is bringing one of the most iconic DC Comics stories to life in Batman: The Killing Joke, but he ran into a bit of a problem — the source material was a bit thin to carry a feature film.

DC’s animated film operation is arguably one of the most successful creative divisions in the company, and it’s finally gearing up to tackle the extremely dark tale that finds The Joker shooting and kidnapping Barbara Gordon, and psychologically torturing Commissioner Gordon in the aftermath (we told you it was dark). It also finds Batman pushed about as far as we’ve ever seen The Dark Knight go, and the comic’s ending is one of the most hotly-debated and ambiguous in DC lore.

Executive producer Bruce Timm explained that while putting together the plan for the animated film adaptation, they had to generate some additional content to fill in the plot:

"The one big difference about it, as opposed to those other projects (The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 & Part 2), is The Killing Joke... the source material is really not long enough to make an entire feature film out of, so we actually had to add a lot more story to it. Which is tricky. But I think we came up with a really good solution on how that worked.”

Timm is right, in the fact that Killing Joke is a relatively short story, so it makes sense they’d have to fill in the gaps. Luckily, there are more than enough Batman stories to draw from for inspiration. Do you think we need a Killing Joke film?

Check out video footage of the interview below:


(Via Heroic Hollywood, Comic Book)