The Killing Joke Comic VS Movie| Review


I want to start off my saying this is an Opinion piece and in no way shape or form reflects on the opinions of everyone at the Nerd Empire. I openly promote a discussion on the topic and encourage other view points on the subject matter. If I offend anyone, I do apologize.

The Killing Joke movie has been released and I’m sure most of you have read, if not at least heard of the original comic with the same title. Both are equally as dark and DEFINITELY not for the young to read/watch. I will say, I enjoyed both equally as much and it was interesting to see what was similar and different between the two.


Starting with the movie, the whole story behind why Barbra left as Batgirl, to me, was pretty useless. Honestly there was nothing gained from the story aside from an insight into the relationship (Or lack thereof) between her and Batman. The purpose for adding that little bit is beyond me, though at the beginning there is a comment of wanting to show that things were different. Anyone that knows Batman is aware of this to some extent. That opening could (and should) have been taken away and the same effect would have been given to the movie. Aside from that, there were three additional scenes added that were small but gave just a little bit more to the story. After the batgirl story, we see Batman enter a storage unit where Joker clearly had some fun. Batman goes to talk to Joker, tries to clear the air and end the madness that has been their life, only to find that Joker has escaped. We learn what happens to Barbra to make her the Oracle, and Jim’s own words get thrown back in his face when it comes to how he wants to punish Joker Vs. Batman. Ending with Oracle was pretty sweet, but again not needed. The movie really did a great job in taking the comic and bringing to life the artwork and story of WHO the Joker was before he was created. We never learn a true name in the comic or movie, but it shows a man that wanted to provide for his wife and unborn child, and how one bad day screwed everything up.

The comic book was dark. We have no backstory of Batgirl, and it starts with Batman going to the prison to talk to Joker. The way it ends leaves things up to interpretation, both in comic and in movie. We see Batman and Joker laughing at a joke, but what happens? The artwork was beautiful and captured the twisted darkness that is The Joker. We see the back story and how simple mistakes that have good intentions can turn bad really fast. It really brings out a different side to the characters and just sits with you. You can’t help but to think about the characters to some extent and how the backstory changes things, even just a little bit.


I enjoyed both the movie and comic very much, and despite the things that were added to the movie, it was over all a good one to watch. I recommend picking up the comic of The Killing Joke if you haven’t already and reading it at some point. I do also recommend checking out the movie and seeing what you think of it. The artwork is great, and with voice actors like Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy, it’ll feel like watching the old tv shows all over again. I am so happy with the people they got to do the voices and the artwork. It really did feel like they took the comic book and brought it to life. There was VERY little differences between the two. Be sure to not watch this movie with small children around, and keep the comic away from small hands. Both are for MATURE AUDIENCES.



The whole comic and movie was a mind trip, but really brought some insight into the universe as a whole. Joker makes a comment “I’ve demonstrated there’s no difference between me and everyone else! All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.” That one quote perfectly explains what happened to Joker, and in the animate series, batman paraphrases this to Harley. Seeing that Joker had a wife and unborn child and how their death brought him to his knees, it explains why he cannot love Harley in return. It in NO way justifies the abuse he put her through, but there is at least a possible reason why he is incapable of loving her in return. We see just how much Joker and Batman need each other and as much as Batman doesn’t want either of them to kill each other, it probably is inevitable.



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Fox studio’s X-Men Apocalypse hit theaters last week. It brought everyone’s favorite mutants back to school. This franchise has been around for 16 years. For almost 2 decades we’ve been given consistent X-men flicks whether we wanted them or not. With that many films under Fox studio’s belt you’d think they be masters of the comic-book movie formula. Right? Well, they aren’t. As a matter of fact, most X-men movies are far from perfect. Its been a long time since we’ve gotten a near perfect X-men flick (X-2 came out 2003) but after X-Men Apocalypse we’re closer than ever. Here’s what Fox needs to do in order to get the X-Men franchise where it should belong.


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Book of Death Issue 2 | Review

Book of Death Issue 2

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Book of Death: Legends of the Geomancer Issue 2

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Book of Death: Legends of the Geomancer

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