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Batman: The Killing Joke: New clip showcases Batgirl actress Tara Strong

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Batman is the one in the title, but every fan knows that Batman: The Killing Joke is really a pivotal story for Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl. In a new featurette promoting the animated adaptation of the seminal comic book, actress Tara Strong discusses the movie’s impact on the character she’s voiced since the ’90s cartoon The New Batman Adventures

“It’s completely dark, and she does stuff she’s never done on any series I’ve ever worked on,” Strong said. “She’s strong, and older and wiser, but dark. It’s a really cool place for her to be.”

One of the most exciting things about this adaptation of the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland) is that it features the team behind the iconic ’90s cartoons. In addition to Strong’s Batgirl, the film also features Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as The Joker, and producer Bruce Timm behind the scenes. 

“It was honestly just like suiting up,” Strong said. “It didn’t seem like any time had passed at all.” 

Watch the clip above. Batman: The Killing Joke will hit theaters for one night only on July 25, followed by a digital HD release on July 26 and a Blu-Ray on Aug. 2.