Joker : One Bad Day

Bad Movies Made Less Bad Presents:
A Joker-centric retelling of The Killing Joke, rescored with the haunting cello soundtrack of the 2019 Joker movie.

Faneditor Name: Wakeupkeo

Original Movie Title:
Batman - The Killing Joke

Original Release Date: 2016
Original Running Time: 117

Fanedit Release Date: December 2021
Fanedit Running Time: 35

Subtitles Available?: Yes

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Major Changes:

  • Removed most of the original score and replaced it with much of the haunting Joker (2019) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album by Hildur Guðnadóttir
  • Where possible Batman speaks less and is more stoic
  • Some camera shots are extended for tone and a slower pace.
  • Overall dialogue has been adjusted throughout for a more "cinematic" feel, disregarding comic accuracy.
  • Joker's stage song is mostly removed
  • Circus thugs attacking Batman remain, as it seems in character for Joker to "soften him up a bit" before he goes one-on-one with Batman.
  • Batman doesn't kill Joker at the end.

Editing Intent:

The great faneditor Blueyoda made an incredibly accurate-to-the-comic edit of the terrible theatrical release of Batman : The Killing Joke. For me though, it still didn't capture the darkness I felt when I originally read the comic, lingering on each page to soak it all in, before I moved to the next daunting page. As much as this was about Batman and Joker coming to terms with their similar motivations to become who they are, this was always more of a Joker story, with Batman reacting to it.

Mine breaks comic accuracy for a more cinematic experience, all about the vibe, lots of dialogue cut here and there. Batman talks less, hopefully more stoic. Little FX touches too, like trying to extend Gordon looking up at Batman out of the cage and making is pupils go from tiny to normal to emphasize his mental state better.

Accepting that the two different mediums require flexibility in the storytelling to catupre the same emotions, and I am leaning into a slightly different retelling, focusing most on Joker. (Most appropriate IMO considering its an origin story for Joker.)

So, without the restrictions of comic accuracy since its been done so well already, I set about to deconstruct what made the comic great, and rebuild a short story that kept the spirit of the comic.

Cut List:

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