Batman: The Killing Joke

Synopsis: As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness.
Director(s): Sam Liu
Production: The Answer Studio
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
76 min


First of all,

I realize this is probably

not how you thought the story would start,

not with a big shiny moon

or a city that could look

stunning in spite of itself.

Or me.

But I wanted you to know

that before the horror began,

before it all came crashing down,

there was a time when capes

and cowls and fighting crime

really was exciting.

I'd been with Batman

for almost three years.

That night my father signaled

for him, so something was up.


I tend to stay out of these discussions.

I mean, why push my luck?

- BATMAN ON RADIO: You there?

- Yeah.

We've got a robbery.


Bloody son of a...

You act like you've never been

in a police chase before.

- Take the next left.

- Here?



We've got to lose the truck.

Let's lose the cops instead, okay?



This is going to be a night to remember.


Fricking A!


Caution, falling debris.




Okay, we lose the truck.







You really want to turn

a robbery into a murder?

You see another way out of this?

I know you're in a bad spot.

But there's bad and then there's worse.



Like that.


He wasn't going to hurt me.

Did he know that?

Sometimes, you have

to have a little faith.

What happened to the drivers?

They got away.

But the night's still young.


I'm going to need some alone time.

Oh, sure, yeah.


- Maybe I'll see you...



It's a lot of photos.

My uncle's big on family,

even the ones he's hit.

His Holiness is expecting us.

Get the hell in here.

It's all over the news.


- Every channel.

What can I tell you? Batgirl's hot.


- Don't get smart.


I lost four men yesterday.

Four idiots.

They said they could

knock out the tracker on the armored car.

I don't think they could plug

a computer in their ass.

Do I care?

I'm out 100 grand,

thanks to your frigging fiasco.

And what do I get for it?

The Bat and his b*tch

breathing down my neck.

Bottom line, you're going to give me

my money back, nephew, every cent.

Otherwise you're going to become

a very distant relative, very soon.


Okay, unc, whatever you say.

Darker men, huh?

Barbara, why didn't you tell me?

I have a cousin who's a defense attorney.

Ooh, Reese, not that dark.

(SING-SONG) He's single.

Well, that lightens him up

a bit, doesn't it?

Babs, girl,

(STAMMERS) I do not understand

why you're having fishing troubles

when we are in the middle of a lake.

What do these guys have

to do to get your attention?

Steal a book?

It just so happens

I'm involved with someone.

Sort of, kind of.

- That serious, huh?


What are you doing?

My dad's department

has been setting up city cams.

I've been helping with the program.

It's amazing. You can view

half of Gotham from your computer.



Looks like a bad boy, just your type.


Jesus, Paris, a friggin' fortune

in the middle of some dump.

It's ridiculous.

It used to be a bank.

The same family's owned

this building since 1929.

- Which family?

- My uncle's.

You are bloody crazy.

You sound pissed.

- No, I sound freaked the "F" out.

- I'm not.

And that's freaking me, too.

My uncle's a dinosaur, Lonny.

By the time he finds out

what we've done, he'll be extinct.


No withdrawals today, boys.

Bloody hell, it's her!

Batgirl, I am impressed.

Where's your overbearing boyfriend?

He's not my boyfriend.

Then maybe I have a chance.

What are you doing?

- I want to meet her.








I don't want to have to hurt you.

Why should you be different

from all the other girls?




It's like a dance.

Yeah, right.


Too bad we can't sit this one out.

I don't waste my time with punk amateurs.

Oh, baby, I think you've misjudged me.


(VOICE ECHOING) Smells like cherries, huh?

You've got maybe

10 seconds to bedtime, baby.

Can't end the night without a kiss.


You'll never make it to the door, Batgirl.

(SCOFFS) Smart girl.


She's taking a nap. Let's grab the money.




How long was I out?

A few minutes.

Apparently, I got there

right after they left.

You should've waited for me.

They were on their way out.

I had to do something.

His name is Paris, Paris Franz.

(COUGHS) You're kidding?

I guess not.

Your father gave me his file.

He's a nasty combination

of narcissist and sociopath.

He'll have you smiling right up to

the moment he cuts your throat.

I haven't had to deal

with his type of crazy in a while.

I don't want you to, either.

What are you saying?

Don't go near him without me.

- Excuse me?

- No matter what.

We're not exactly attached at the hip.

We are on this.

You want to work with me,

you do what I say.

And that's it?

You speak and the words are law?


Let me understand.

You're seeing a guy,

but not really dating.

- Right.

- In a yoga class.


He's, like, the instructor?

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Brian Azzarello

Brian Azzarello (born in Cleveland, Ohio, August 11, 1962) is an American comic book writer and screenwriter. He came to prominence with the hardboiled crime series 100 Bullets, published by DC Comics' mature-audience imprint Vertigo. In 2011, he became the writer of DC's relaunched Wonder Woman series. more…

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