'BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE' ANIMATED FEATURE TO GET A THEATRICAL RELEASE On Monday, July 25 in Select Cinemas Posted by ICv2 on June 9, 2016 @ 4:43 pm CT
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Fathom Events are working together to give Batman: The Killing Joke a special, one-night big screen release on Monday, July 25 in select cinemas across the county. The R-rated animated feature will be shown at 7pm and 10pm (local time) in special showings that will include exclusive-to-the-evening presentations.
The Fathom Events screenings will take place three days after Batman: The Killing Joke’s World Premiere at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 22. Batman: The Killing Joke will be released for Digital Purchase on July 26, and then on DVD and Blu-ray on August 2.
Written by Alan Moore with art by Brian Bolland, Batman: The Killing Joke has been a perennial bestseller since it was first released in 1988, and the classic graphic novel got a big boost when the first images of Jared Leto who plays the Joker (with a definite Bollandesque “Killing Joke” look) in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Suicide Squad movie were released. Suddenly The Killing Joke graphic novel, a staple backlist title that been continuously in the Neilson Bookscan Graphic Novel Top 20 since August of 2014, surged to #1.
Fathom Sets Its Widest Rollout Ever for ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’
Fathom Events has booked 1,130 U.S. cinemas — its widest rollout of all time — for the big-screen debut of the animated film “Batman: The Killing Joke” on July 25, Variety has learned exclusively.
The graphic novel-turned-movie will be shown for a single night at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. This event reunites “Batman: The Animated Series” executive producer Bruce Timm with actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, who are reprising their roles as Batman and the Joker, respectively.
The showings will also include a special introduction from Hamill, a never-before-seen documentary about the actor and his passion for this project, and a behind-the-scenes look at how the Joker’s song and dance number was recreated for this feature.
Fathom specializes in presenting live events for theatrical chains and is co-owned by AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings and Regal Entertainment Group. It’s screened “The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary,” “Finding Noah: An Adventure of Faith” and “Ed Sheeran: Jumpers for Goalposts.”
“Killing Joke” will play on about 270 more screens than the previous record-holder, the June 8 presentation of the original “Ghostbusters” at 860 locations.
Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein noted that the movie is based on DC Comics’ 1988 graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore, which provided the origin story for the Joker as a supervillain.
“It’s been a bestseller for 28 years,” he added.
Tom Lucas, VP of studio relations at Fathom, said that the level of interest among exhibitors exceeded expectations since the screenings were announced on June 17. “There’s a level of excitement that’s been generated because of the iconic nature of the film,” he added.
It will also be released digitally on July 26 and via DVD and Blu-ray on Aug. 2.