The Joker is my favorite villain of all time and it’s all thanks to Alan Moore’s masterpiece The Killing Joke. The comic itself is one of the best comic books that I have ever read, so I couldn’t wait for the movie.
The comic book is one of those stories that sticks with you forever. Once you’ve read it, you will not forget it. The imagery is just too powerful, but the events in The Killing Joke are even more shocking than any other Batman comic. Even to this day no other Batman book has it beat. That being said, I recommend reading the book first then go watch the film. After all, you can get it on Amazon for around 10 bucks. So the question is, did it live up to the book?
For the most part The Killing Joke movie followed the book pretty well. The film even kept some of the best quotes from the book. My personal favorite quote is “Sometimes I remember it one way, and sometimes another. If I’m to have a past I prefer multiple choice.” The power in this line demonstrates the uncertainty of the jokers origins. Perhaps, that’s what I find so intriguing about the Joker; his past is wrapped in a mystery.
On the other hand, I found the film’s beginning a little boring. The film opens up with a backstory about Bat-Girl where the comic jumps straight into the action. However, I see why the film makers felt like they needed this extra filler. Without it the film might had been too short. Once Bat-Girl’s backstory is out of the way we dive head first into the epic rivalry between Batman and the Joker. The bottom line is that the film version is a must watch for all Batman and Joker fans. Nevertheless, I still believe that the book had a bigger impact on me. With that point, I recommend reading the book first then go watch the film.
Final Score: 8 out of 10 Laughing Fishes.
Stay tuned for my unboxing of the Best Buy Exclusive Collector’s Edition of The Killing Joke.