“Batman: The Killing Joke” Novel vs Film

The definitive Joker story

Adam Walters, Contributor

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“Batman: The Killing Joke” tells the story of the Joker, who is trying to prove to Batman that all it takes is one bad day for a normal person to go mad, which is exactly what happened to the Joker himself.

The graphic novel, written by Alan Moore and released in March of 1988, is commonly referred to as one of the greatest graphic novels ever. The film adaptation, directed by Sam Liu and released in July of 2016, hasn’t gotten the same praise that the novel received.

The graphic novel is one of the most compelling books I have ever read. The story, characters, and illustrations are all captivating and made the 64-page novel feel like it was over in a snap.

The film, on the other hand, wasn’t nearly as captivating. The whole first act, which was all about the character of Batgirl and her relationship with Batman, was completely unnecessary to the story as a whole. The movie would have been much better if it was cut out of the film entirely.

Once the film finally got to the actual story of “The Killing Joke”, the movie began to be enjoyable.

The ending of the graphic novel is one of my all-time favorite conclusions to a book. It ends with Batman finally getting the upper hand on the Joker, and then the Joker decides to crack a joke. He starts laughing hysterically, this drives Batman over the edge as he then stabs him in the side and the story ends. The reason this ending is so good is because it makes you think that the Joker has finally defeated Batman by driving him to insanity, but it turns out Batman was just playing a joke on the Joker.

In the film, the ending is changed to where Batman starts laughing with the Joker as the film cuts to the credits. I find the altered ending pointless and it left me with a bad taste in my mouth after enjoying the final two acts of the film.

The graphic novel “Batman: The Killing Joke” is far superior to its cinematic counterpart. While overall the film was enjoyable, the pointless first act and horrible ending ruined the whole experience for me. In the end, the novel is still one of the best I have ever read, and the disappointment of the film will not change that.