The film will be based on Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's influential 1988 Batman one-shot of the same name. Timm also announced that the animated feature would be directed by Justice League: Gods and Monsters director Sam Liu, and will be released direct to DVD in 2016. Timm implied that the animated feature would also have a Comic-Con premiere.
"Next year we'll be back at this table"
- Bruce Timm
DC Comics later confirmed the news, and expanded by adding that it will feature an all-new prologue, designed to add to the story. DC also announced two more upcoming animated features.
Batman: Bad Blood -- An original Batman story that features the introduction of Batwoman to the new line of animated films.
Justice League vs. Titans -- Another original story and the first of the DC Universe Original Movies to feature the Teen Titans.
I am interested in seeing how this plays out once it is or if it is even released given the big controversy over a variant cover earlier this year that made homage to the story by showing a frightened Batgirl being held with a gun to her by the Joker. In the original graphic novel The Joker cripples Barbara Gordon by shooting her in the stomach. Stay tuned to Comic Frontline for more details on The Killing Joke Animated Movie.