More news has been released regarding Batman: The Killing Joke and it seems that Warner Bros. Animation means business. According to Entertainment Weekly Batman: The Killing Joke will be rated R for mature. There are currently no plans for an edited PG-13 version of the film.
“From the start of production, we encouraged producer Bruce Timm and our team at Warner Bros. Animation to remain faithful to the original story — regardless of the eventual MPAA rating,” said Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation & Warner Digital Series. “’The Killing Joke’ is revered by the fans, particularly for its blunt, often-shocking adult themes and situations. We felt it was our responsibility to present our core audience — the comics-loving community — with an animated film that authentically represented the tale they know all too well.”
The animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke, which be released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD later this year and is executive produced by Bruce Timm. The Blu-ray, DVD and Digital copy will It also feature an original 15-minute prologue that helps set up the story.