Warner Bros. Animation is bringing Alan Moore's iconic graphic novel, The Killing Joke, to its roster of adapted films. The studio is also bringing back two famous voices to go along with it.
Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy will return to the studio to reprise their respective roles as the Joker and Batman, according to Comic Book Resources. Conroy and Hamill first teamed up together in 1992 to work on Batman: The Animated series, which ran for three years before being taken off the air. Conroy continued to voice Batman, as did Hamill with Joker, through a variety of mediums, including Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Knight.
In a statement to Comic Book Resources, Hamill said that he is excited to work again with his "favorite Batman" on a story that explored the "definitive origin of this iconic villain." His sentiments were echoed by Conroy, who added that working with Hamill always inspired him to be a better actor.
The Killing Joke, one of the most widely read installments in the Batman franchise, was written by Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta) and illustrated by Brian Bolland (Judge Dredd). In the 1988 novel, Moore explores the origin of Batman's most nefarious foe, the Joker. The book was loosely based on a story from a 1951 issue of Batman, "The Man Behind the Red Hood!"
Set to join Conroy and Hamill are Tara Strong, who will play Barbara Gordon, and Ray Wise, who will play Commissioner Gordon.
Although there's no exact release date for the film, it's expected to debut this summer. The movie will premiere during Comic-Con International in San Diego this July.