Kevin Conroy on how animated Batman: The Killing Joke will expand the story

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Jun 24, 2016, 12:11 PM EDT

Since it's often considered as one the best Batman stories of all time, it’s with a certain amount of trepidation and excitement that fans are waiting for Warner Bros.’ R-rated animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke to be released.

Kevin Conroy -- who's been the voice of Batman for over 20 years -- will reprise the iconic role with Mark Hamill returning as the Joker for The Killing Joke. Now, this being an adaptation, expect a few changes to the original comic storyline.

In an interview with DC All Access, Conroy opened up about playing Batman/Bruce Wayne again and how we can expect the animated series to expand on the Alan Moore and Brian Bolland one-shot graphic novel. About "putting on" the cape again, Conroy said:

“Well, I like to think I never left the voice of Batman. I've been doing it for 24 years. What's wonderful about it is getting back in the booth with Mark Hamill, because that Batman-Joker relationship, it's almost like Joker defines Batman and Batman defines Joker, it's the dark and the light, and sometimes it feels like either of us wouldn't exist completely without the other, and Mark and I work so well together.”

Kevin Conroy also talked about how the animated film will closely follow the events of the original story, but that the movie will also expand on it by adding more scenes with Batgirl.

“They've actually expanded it a bit, they've expanded some of the story a bit. There's much more of Batgirl in this, so that plotline is more developed, and the struggle, the internal struggle that Batman has, that Bruce Wayne has in wrestling with the demons in the Joker is much more explored. There are a couple of really wonderful scenes that I have with Mark that I'm really proud of. Like in most of the Batman stories, he goes through a real internal growth period and an arc. And the struggle is with the Joker. And he’s actually trying to draw the evil out of the Joker. It’s a very cathartic process for Batman, this one. And it’s a very complete arc for him.”

Readers will know that the comic ends with Batman and the Joker sharing a big laugh together. When asked if the R-rated animated film would go down that path, Conroy admitted that “Batman laughs very heartily,” and even gives us a tease of his laugh. Check it out in the video below:


Batman: The Killing Joke will be released July 25.

(via Comic Book)