Parents need to know that Batman: The Killing Joke is an animated feature based on a 1988 graphic novel that is noted for its darkness and the fact that it included the origin story of the Joker, a failed comic whose life and sanity turned on a single day's catastrophic events. This R-rated, 2016 film is extremely violent and, though the violence is "drawn and painted," it's brutal and played for real. Action includes frequent gun battles, killings, bloody body parts, a scene in which a leading character is tortured, sexual intimidation, fierce hand-to-hand combat, explosions, and car crashes. In addition, (spoiler alert) a beloved heroic figure is shot and paralyzed, and there are clear references to the off-camera death of a young pregnant woman. In adapting the graphic novel, the writer has accentuated and expanded the sexual overtones: Batman and Batgirl have sex (the actual intercourse is implied and referred to rather than shown); Batgirl is the object of a sexual intimidation and stripped naked (nudity suggested rather than shown); Commissioner Gordon is forced to spend a good portion of the movie naked and in restraints. Some swearing is heard ("a--hole," "sonofabitch," "hell," "pissed off," "holy Christ"). The many intense, frightening, and dark scenes, coupled with sexuality, coarse language, and an ambiguous resolution, make this unsuitable for kids.