Concept artist Phil Bourassa has revealed via his Instagram account that an animated adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bollan’s iconic graphic novel “Batman: The Killing Joke” was being developed back in 2009 by Warner Brothers.
Legendary animation artist and “Batman: The Animated Series” producer Bruce Timm was developing the project and supervising Bourassa’s work on the project. Whiether Timm, who directed the much acclaimed “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” as well as iconic animated Batman episodes like “Heart of Ice,” was going to helm isn’t clear.
Why did the project collapse? The failure of the R-rated “Watchmen” at Warners put the fear in the studio over R-rated superhero movies. Cut to seven years later and “Deadpool” is at the top of the box-office while Timm’s protege Sam Liu is slated to helm an upcoming DCAU direct-to-disc & VOD adaptation of “The Killing Joke” which is currently on the way.
In 2009 I started working on an animated adaptation of The Killing Joke under the supervision of legendary Animation artist Bruce Timm. Two weeks into the project we were told to stop development because The Watchmen had underperformed at the box office and WB had lost faith in R rated superhero movies. Happy to say that you guys are gonna finally get your animated Killing Joke adaptation in 2016. Apparently enough money has been made from superhero movies and adaptations of comics of every stripe that it now transcends the previously assumed limitations of the genre. It’s a good time to be a comic geek! #dccomics #dcentertainment #wbanimation #killingjoke #joker #brianbolland #alanmoore #comics #animation