Comic book fans in Brisbane will be able to see the iconic graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke, come to life on the big screen for one night only in July.

Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, Batman: The Killing Joke is a heavily anticipated feature-length animated film.

Featuring the voices of fan favourites Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker, with Batman: The Animated Series creator Bruce Timm at the helm as executive producer, it’s the first ever DC animation to receive an R rating in the US.

It’s fair to say the film will be much darker than your standard superhero flick — the graphic novel sees The Joker going to sick and twisted lengths to torture Commissioner Gordon, in order to prove that ‘one bad day’ can make anyone as insane as he is, and the film looks to be a faithful adaptation of the source material.

First published by DC Comics in 1988, The Killing Joke has maintained an incredible degree of popularity with comic book fans in the 28 years since then, and was actually the best-selling graphic novel of 2015.

Directed by Sam Liu, from a script by Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Azzarello, Batman: The Killing Joke will be released digitally on Wednesday 27 July and on Blu-Ray and DVD on Sunday 3 August.

Before that, though, Roadshow Films will bring the film to cinemas for special, one-night-only screening events around the country on Sunday 24 July. Participating cinemas haven’t been named yet, but a representative of Roadshow Films has confirmed the film will “absolutely be shown in Brisbane”.

Stay tuned for more details!

Tickets to the 3pm screening of The Killing Joke on Sunday 24 July are now available from New Farm Cinemas, Palace Cinemas, Dendy Cinemas and Event Cinemas.