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Watch the first trailer for the R-rated animated Batman movie, Killing Joke

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for its upcoming R-rated animated feature, Batman: The Killing Joke, and fans of the Alan Moore's iconic comic will be pleased with what they see.

The controversial comic, which was published in 1988, is often regarded as the quintessential origin story for Gotham's famed villain, the Joker. Based loosely on "The Man Behind the Red Hood", a Batman comic from 1951, the story followed a "tragic Joker" who suffers a nervous breakdown after one bad day. Although the story flips back and forth between Joker's origin tale and modern day Gotham, many of the events that occur in the book would go on to have repercussions within the DC universe, including what happens to Batgirl.

The animated film, which reunites voice actors Mark Hamill (Joker) and Kevin Conroy (Batman) is the second Batman film to ever receive an R-ratingZack Snyder's extended Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the first.

Batman: The Killing Joke will be available to watch later this year, with its world premiere happening this July at San Diego Comic-Con.

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