Originally Posted by dopey
I reread The Killing Joke about a month ago. The story is much less shocking now then when it first came out. The art is way better than I remember it.
Re the ^ post, the SJWs were very upset about the original's "misogyny" and the additions for the film were made to, in part, placate them. That didn't go so well, apparently.
The Killing Joke originally came out in 1988 and is generally remembered as a classic Batman story. I don't believe it generated much controversy at the time, but we didn't have the echo-chamber of the internet as we do now.
The only real controversy I have been seeing in regards to the animated movie adaption come from the additional scenes they added to make the story longer.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Namely having Batgirl sleep with Batman. Considering she started training with him as a young teenage and had on and off again relationships with the original Robin, Dick Grayson, it's seen by many long time readers as more then a little icky. It also does little justice to her character and in some ways weakens her when she is rejected by Batman shortly before being shot by the Joker. I'm not sure how anyone could feel these changes to the story would placate anything and it should have been obvious from the planning stages that it wouldn't go over well with a large portion of the fanbase.
Here's a good (spoiler filled) write up on it that I feels does a fair job of explaining why the changes to the story have so many fans upset. http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/07/23/making-batgirl-less-likeable-for-the-killing-joke/