Why The Killing Joke Will Be Rated R

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batman-the-killing-jokeWhile it was confirmed last week that the upcoming adaptation of The Killing Joke will be rated R, today the MPAA handed down the official rating.

As it’s Tuesday, that means the MPAA bulletin of new film ratings has been released and the animated Killing Joke is included:

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Bloody images and disturbing content isn’t surprising, so this means it’ll probably be a completely faithful adaptation of the original graphic novel. Warner got away with a lot in the PG-13 The Dark Knight Return (including swastika pasties), so an R rating means they really don’t need to pull any punches in adapting the best Joker story ever told.