While it isn’t without issue, I enjoyed the animated adaptation of the Alan Moore / Brian Bolland classic. The new prologue created by writer Brian Azzarello brings a layer of complexity (and controversy) to Batgirl and her relationship with Batman. It’s not perfect, as Batgirl’s role becomes inconsistent when the main story begins, but I feel like it made for a more complete story.

The film earns its “R” rating in keeping many (if not all) of the most controversial scenes from the graphic novel in tact, for better or worse. It’s a violent, disturbing film that stays with you long after you finish watching and the finale will leave you with the same uneasy feeling from Moore and Bolland’s original story.

Speaking of which, the WB animation team have done a great job in bringing original artist Brian Bolland’s art to life with several scenes directly lifted from the pages of the book. Fans of the original comic will find the visuals to be a faithful recreation with a splash of Bruce Timm mixed in.

It won’t be for everyone but The Killing Joke takes what I assumed would be almost impossible to do and pulls it off well enough. If you’re willing to put aside your preconceived ideas about the characters, I’d recommend checking this one out.