The Killing Joke is a 1988 one-shot graphic novel written by Alan Moore. Widely considered to be one the very best Batman stories of all time, and also might be the most essential Joker story of all time. While I’m not the biggest fan of DC animated films, I had a lot of excitement going into this movie. However, I was very let down for about 75% of movie’s 75 minute runtime. The first act is essentially a batgirl story which doesn’t appear in the original graphic novel. While the point was to flush the character out, it instead served as a humdrum, and meaningless 30 minutes. It also adds a dynamic for the relationship between batman and batgirl which I have strong feelings against. After we get over the batgirl origin, the rest of the film looks like it came straight off the page of the Killing Joke. Mark Hamill is great as the voice of the Joker and the brightest part of the entire movie. The Killing joke can be enjoyably at parts but it’s hard to appreciate the story as a whole when you are taken out of it from the beginning.