The Killing Joke is just as bad as you've heard

What a piece of shit.

When I heard they were adding a larger Batgirl plot to this story, I thought, "Oh good, they're going to make her more than the awful prop she was in the comic." Nope, they went in completely the opposite direction.

Spoiler, because I want to spoil it for you so that you won't see it: the first 30 minutes is Batgirl pining after Batman, swooning about him to her Gay Best Friend from Central Casting (yes, really). And then she fucks Batman. And he won't return her calls, so she quits being Batgirl.

It was as bad as you'd expect, having read about this lovely exchange at Comicon:

The very last question posed to the panel addressed this. The question was asked by a person cosplaying as the Joker: Batgirl, Barbara Gordon is such a strong female character. Why was this more about the males in her life? The crowd applauded the question.

As they fumbled with the question,saying they do feel like she is portrayed as a very strong female character, I lost control of my emotions and, invigorated by someone asking the question I wanted to hear, I shouted from the audience with frustrated sarcasm,

"Yeah, by using sex and then pining for Bruce."

The panel understandably asked what was that. I repeated myself, but the crowd was both booing and clapping at what was said. Clearly they had heard me the second time, because instead of responding the second time it was said, Azzarello yelled from the stage

"Wanna say that again? Pussy?"

So that's Brian Azzarello removing any doubt that not only did he write a terrible story, but that he's also human garbage.

Mark Hamill's voice is perfect -- he will always be the One True Joker to me -- but he can't save this movie.

Alan Moore on the decision to stuff Barbara in the fridge:

In a 2006 interview with Wizard magazine, Moore was also critical about his decision to cripple Barbara Gordon: "I asked DC if they had any problem with me crippling Barbara Gordon - who was Batgirl at the time - and if I remember, I spoke to Len Wein, who was our editor on the project ... [He] said, 'Yeah, okay, cripple the bitch.' It was probably one of the areas where they should've reined me in, but they didn't."
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9 Responses:

  1. Malachi Kenney says:

    Azzarello and Goyer need to team up on something.

  2. Yuma Tripp says:

    How they ruined a classic like is just infuriates me.

    And then it sounds like Suicide Squad is a turd too.

  3. Jamie Zawinski says:

    Suicide Squad was always going to be a turd. It has turd roots.

    The DC animated movies have mostly been at least OK, but the Suicide Squad one they did, "Assault on Arkham", was one of the most joyless superhero flicks I've ever seen - and that's counting the recent live action Superman dreck.

  4. Yuma Tripp says:

    Well, i was hoping they were taking cues from Deadpool for Suicide Squad. But alas, no joy.

  5. Rodger says:

    Oh well. At least Supergirl isn't grimdark bullshit.

    • rami says:

      At first Supergirl was unwatchable. I was sick one weekend and decided to binge it. I figured that if I was feeling garbage at least I should be watching garbage. It picked up and became enjoyable in this really weird way. I found myself invested in a show I never thought I'd like.

      • jwz says:

        Well if your standards are low enough. I mean, it's not as bad as Flash. If that's your standard.

        • jwz says:

          And Flash is not as bad as Arrow. If that's your standard.

          • rami says:

            I can't get myself to watch either Arrow nor Flash. They are just boring as fuck soap-operas in costumes.