How this skipped past us is something terrible. Batman: The Killing Joke was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con this past July and that it would be the next addition to the animated DC Universe. Also even good to know? The most beloved Joker of all-time, Mark Hamill is returning to voice the character for the film. The best news of all is that the film has been given approval to seek an R-rating, meaning all of the torturous acts committed by The Joker in The Killing Joke can occur without the interruption of a censor.

It would no doubt be the most intense story ever brought to the animated DC Universe but it wouldn’t be Batman’s first foray into dark subject matter. We all fell in love with the gritty tone of the Nolan trilogy, played through numerous murders and devious acts that took place during the Arkham series. Even the animated version of the Caped Crusader has had his share of dark storylines in two feature films, Mask Of The Phantasm and Return of the Joker. All it means is that if director James Tucker has the green light to make Batman: The Killing Joke as true to the source material as can be then we may get the Joker we actually know and deserve.

And also that DC & Warner Bros are playing zero games in regards to making their brand as true to the origins as possible.