The trailer for Batman: The Killing Joke is here and one thing is for certain - it's strictly for adults.
The animated tale (featuring the voice of Star Wars' Mark Hamill) is an adaptation of the 1988 controversial graphic novel of the same name, which sees the unhinged Joker taunting Batman by capturing and torturing Barbara Gordon (Batgirl).
The story drew criticism for its violence, but it is hugely popular with DC Comics fans who have given the trailer the thumbs up.
-- Kristel Quinn (@YeagerKristel) April 27, 2016
Trailer for the #KillingJoke is out!! And OMG!! It looks EPIC!!
-- MJ Lima (@mjlima136) April 27, 2016
-- Batman-News.com (@BatmanNewsCom) April 27, 2016
-- Lodix (@lodix1) April 27, 2016
-- Mark Potter (@markypotter316) April 27, 2016
-- Highsnobiety (@highsnobiety) April 27, 2016
The trailer seems to suggest that the film will follow the same plot as the book, with the Joker and the Caped Crusader facing off in several scenes under the tagline: "Two legendary rivals face their darkest hour."
The movie is set to be rated R and will go direct-to-video later this year, but fans are calling for it to be shown on the big screen.
@HamillHimself The Killing Joke deserves a theatrical release!!!!!!
-- Ken Bockelmann (@kbock73) April 27, 2016
So if the DCAU Killing Joke could just come out now ... yeah ... I think we all need it. And give it a theatrical release!
-- Jared Mitchell (@jarednmitchell) April 27, 2016
"The Killing Joke" animated movie to get R rating. I suppose a theatrical release is too much to hope for...https://t.co/kaCe2TvtSz
-- Dean Cowie (@blogfather_NZ) April 18, 2016
Would kill for a theatrical release of The Killing Joke
-- Good Kush (@RkWaha) April 15, 2016