‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ – first trailer revealed for animated film

R-Rated new film sees Mark Hamill reprise his voiceover role as Batman

The first official trailer for the animated Batman: The Killing Joke has been released by Warner Bros.

Technically, a trailer for the film surfaced online earlier this month (April). However, that was a hoax later revealed to have been created by a fan using footage taken from a behind-the-scenes preview for the film.

The adaptation of the classic Batman graphic novel will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con in July before a full home release this summer.

Adapted from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s controversial graphic novel of the same name, the film will skip cinemas entirely and be released straight to DVD/ Blu-Ray.

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill to reprise role of The Joker in the film, alongside Kevin Conroy as Batman. Sam Liu directs.

Watch the trailer beneath.

“The chance to work once again with Kevin Conroy, my favourite Batman, in what some consider the definitive origin of this iconic villain is a dream come true for me,” Hamill said of the news. “I am beyond thrilled to return as The Joker in The Killing Joke!”

“I’ve had the great privilege of voicing Batman for more than two decades, and some of my favorite moments in the recording booth have been alongside Mark Hamill,” Conroy added. “Mark always enables me to be a better actor. I’m thrilled that we’re both back to bring these characters to life in one of the most heralded Batman/Joker stories of all time.”

Meanwhile, it was recently confirmed that Ben Affleck will write, direct and star in his own stand-alone Batman film.

Despite receiving overwhelmingly negative reviews, Affleck’s debut as the Dark Knight Batman V Superman has gone on to huge box office success and scored the fourth biggest opening weekend in global box office history.