Alan Moore’s notorious chilling tale of the Joker’s origin story – Batman: The Killing Joke has been adapted into a full length animated feature film produced by Warner Bros. bringing back the voice acting talents of Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy as ‘Joker’ and ‘Batman/Bruce Wayne’ resepctively. The film will be released digitally on July 26 2016 and many fans have been vocal about their anticipation for the R-rated animation. None more so than Emil Gustafsson Ryderup who has redrawn and transformed the animated trailer into something comic book fans recognize as Brian Bolland’s signature bold and eerie art style.
The one-shot graphic novel was a masterpiece that paved the way for a much darker and psychotic interpretation of Joker’s character. What could be more terrifying than a villain who was painfully human and the only thing that drove him to insanity was being on the receiving end of ‘one bad day’? what could be more chilling than having a villain built upon similar foundations to our hero?… because after all, all it took for Bruce Wayne to be transformed into Batman was simply having ‘one bad day’ himself.
The graphic novel boasted a manic feel, the bold contrast of the colours made Bollands style unmistakable. However the original trailer released for the film didn’t live up to fan expectations; the flat colours, use of greys and long shadows were definitely signature artistic elements of anything produced by a Warner Bros. animation studio. But in order to really portray the dark tale in all it’s craziness Bollands style is perfect. Ryderup really has done an outstanding job with making the story pop-out and move at a pace the original trailer failed to do.
Feast your eyes on the shot by shot comparison of the two trailers: