Another movie I caught recently was Batman: The Killing Joke. This was a straight to DVD animated feature with a limited, one day only cinema release a week before the DVD release featuring the vocal talents of Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker and is based upon the 1988 graphic novel of the same name.
The first half hour or so, they could have done away with as it has nothing to do with the main story, instead centering on what amounts to a Batgirl adventure. No offence to Batgirl fans, but when I watch a movie that has the name “Batman” in the title, I expect to see a Batman adventure. It was still entertaining, but they could have spearated it from the main movie but still keep it on the DVD as an extra. For me, this first bit only served to slow down the story when it should be building up to the climax.
Once we get past the Batgirl adventure that didn’t really fit, we finally get to the main story. The Joker escapes, attacks Commissioner Gordon, and Batman must hunt him down. The novel was an awesome and dark journey into the madness that is the Joker. The movie stays true to the novel for the most part, but of course there needs to be some padding to make it somewhere near feature length. I was entertained, but not wowed. Cut out the Batgirl show in the beginning and I could give this one a 7 out of 10.