Batman: The Killing Joke - The Book CutFeatured
- As in the comic, I'm using the last shot of the puddle and inserting it at the beginning as well to bookend the movie.
- Added a rain effect to the above mentioned scene as well as Batman arriving at Arkham
- No phone call from Jim to Barbara
- No shot of Joker victims because it didn't exactly make sense that if he is supposed to be incarcerated (in everyone's mind) he would be able to pull it off (even though we know he has escaped). PLUS, wasn't in the book!
- I'm working on cutting Batman and Jim's dialogue as they walk through Arkham since it references the cut scene from above. Batman's first lines will be his basic monologue to the Joker in the cell
- Cut some of the Joker's lines when buying the carnival since they weren't in the book.
- Cut some additional lines during flashbacks
- Cut part of the doctor's examination of Barbara
- Cut Jim on trial in front of carnies
- Reordered some scenes to match comic
- Cut out some of the additional action during Batman's search for the Joker
- Batman's search and shots of the roller coaster doors will be turned into a montage as it was done in the book. No dialogue, just music.
- Batman's fight with the carnies is now gone. As Batman encounters the Joker, I am trying to include some of the voice over of his lines to the fake Joker in the beginning.
- When Batman and Joker jump out of the window, the whole ending sequence has a rain effect added to match the comic
- Batman's laugh will end sooner and we will see the same frame as we did in the beginning, this time with just rain sound effects as well as sirens approaching in the background. Ambiguous as it was in the comic.
Killing Joke has improved, thanks to this cut!
Perfect. This cut stays true the comic book. I agree with greenman, Gordon's trial should be included in the cut while not in the comics, it adds depth to the story. Good job! Killing Joke, Dark Knight Returns and The Long Halloween are my top three Batman stories. I hope DC/WB makes a Long Halloween version.
Absolutely seamless (outside of nitpicking). This should have been an extra on the Blu-ray release. I've read The Killing Joke years ago and watched The Killing Joke last year. I'd recommend people watch this version before they watch the official release as there is no distracting Batgirl love story sub-plot.
A few issues/recommendations though:
1. The compression could be improved.
2. I think Gordon's trial in front of the carnies should be included. It's not in the original book, but it adds a glimpse of Gordon's mental state, makes a statement on the similarities between Batman and the Joker, and opens the question of what Gordon's sense of justice is after experiencing his tragedy (which is later resolved).
3. I HIGHLY recommend removing the added "Perhaps, you'll kill me, perhaps I'll kill you" voice-over when Batman arrives at the carnival as this fan-edit is now a short film and the audience doesn't need to be reminded this was said only 20 minutes before. I also found the audio editing of this voice-over to be distracting.
4. It would be nice if there was a way to edit the ending to show Batman ambiguously killing the Joker as many fans interpret this as the true ending from the comic. It could possibly be done by doing a messy fade to black towards the center and a sound effect of a neck cracking as the two are laughing.
As a die-hard Comic-fan. Seeing the non-edited Killing Joke, felt all wrong. There was so much stuff added which ruined the whole thing.
The Book Cut fixes a lot overall. It cuts out unnecessary fillers. Which results in a faster pacing, better narrative and overall more enjoyment.
It also adds a nice atmosphere with the very well done rain.
If you want to see The Killing Joke, watch this version it stays very very close to the Masterpiece that is the original.
Fantastic improvement from original release. This keeps the tighter pace of the comic book, and the emotional impact is all the greater for it. The added rain effect is obviously added, but other than that, no real problems at all.
I didn't mind the idea of the added Barbara story, but the execution ended up holding the original release back. This is a superior viewing alternative.