To downplay the emotional impact of DC Universe Animated Original Movies simply because they’re animated would be an egregious mistake. For years, DC has been making animated films that have resonated with fans, and oftentimes these adaptations are far better — and more faithful to the source material — than their live-action counterparts. Batman: The Killing Joke will be no exception.
The DC Original Movie franchise’s latest animated film, Batman: The Killing Joke, will truly be its darkest project yet, and it has the official MPAA rating to prove it. According to EW, the direct-to-video animated film based on the divisive Alan Moore comic has been given an R rating. The Killing Joke marks the first film in the DC Universe Original Movie franchise to be rated R — and the second Batman movie to do so, after the extended home-release of Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice later this year.