Yep. It’s true in the new Killing Joke movie from DC, which is their first R rated movie EVER, Batman kills the Joker … or so says comic guru Grant Morrison. Lemme come back to that in a second. In case you haven’t seen the trailer for The Killing Joke, here it is …
Now you’ll notice that near the end of the trailer there’s a scene where the Joker is laughing with his hand on Batman’s shoulder. That comes from the very end of the comic when the Joker tells Batman a joke.
And after the joke, the two of them start to laugh … and that’s how the comic ends.
So what’s the big deal? They laugh and then The Joker gets carted off to Arkham to inevitably escape and kill more people.
Well this comic came out back in 1988 and was written by Alan Moore, who is widely regarded as one of the most prolific writers in comic history. You’ve seen countless movies and cartoons based on his works and didn’t even realize it.
And it wasn’t until a few years ago when another monster talent from the comic community named Grant Morrison was doing an interview where he came forward and said that it’s obvious that Batman kills the Joker at the end of the book.
Maybe not OBVIOUS … but this is what he’s talking about … these last few panels …
Notice how they’re laughing and then Batman puts his hand on the Joker, and the perspective zooms in?
Then notice the laughter stops, and as we zoom closer the headlight goes out? That’s symbolism, man. That stuff you got taught about in school. Batman kills the Joker, right there. Now yes, we all know that Batman doesn’t kill, but seeing what the Joker does in this movie–the way he acts … and that classic line, “That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.”
Well … as you’ll see when you watch it, he gives Batman a very bad day.