[spoilers for Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's The Killing Joke]
Don't know if anyone heard this, but it apparently is causing a big buzz, since Bleeding Cool has posted at least 3 articles on the subject.
Grant Morrison, in an interview with Kevin Smith, said that (while subtle) the ending of The Killing Joke is that Batman kills Joker. He says, "I don't know why people don't get that." But, according to him (and I'm paraphrasing, now) it's right there on the page.
The page in question is shown here on Comics Beat
, and,indeed there seems to be something interesting with the light in that puddle, and the sound of the laughter.
While the final page may have shown it all, the script certainly didn't
. Others have posited that Moore and Bolland may have intentially left it out with a wink and a nod, since they knew it wouldn't get past DC Editorial. Still others have said that Bolland, acting as artist as writer, added that bit in. Whoever did it, I'd say it was a bit of genius, if it was intentional.
This was something that always bothered me about the story as published. All throughout the story, it seemed to be leading to this place where it could only end with one of them dead. And ending the story with such a fizzle--the two of them yukking it up (even with a joke that was a perfect metaphor for the two of them) just didn't give the payoff the rest of the story built up to.
But here's the thing.
It also doesn't necessarily need to be Batman killing the Joker. It could be the other way around. From this perspective, the story is like The Lady and the Tiger. Remember, Batman says that one of them will die in the end--maybe Joker...maybe Batman. If this is the case, the reader is left to decide which of them lives...or if either of them do. After all, the laughter has stopped.
Anyone else blown away by this news or this reading of the book?