There is a lot of recent talk in the world of comic book movies and DC Comics, but most of it is on Suicide Squad and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. There is a lot more going on though, and one of those has to do with the animated adaptation of one of the greatest comic arcs of all time, Batman: The Killing Joke. Now, Mark Hamill wants to be a part of it and wants to once again voice The Joker.
Jared Leto is set to play the next live-action version of The Joker, and many will begin comparing him to the likes of Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, and Cesar Romero. Still, there is no denying that one of the greatest Jokers of all time is one that never even actually shows his face — Mark Hamill.
Hamill is famous for voicing the Batman villain in Batman: The Animated Series, and the Batman: Arkham video games (save for 2012’s Arkham Origins, where Joker was voiced by Troy Baker), and fans pretty much just associate with him as the character. Well, he may get the chance to do it again if he has his way.
At San Diego Comic-Con, Bruce Timm announced that the latest DC Comics animated adaptation would be Batman: The Killing Joke. Once that happened, rumors began to fly, and Hamill has joined in on the fun.
A fan mentioned on Twitter that he was hoping that DC would reach out to Hamill to voice The Joker. That merited a response.
You’re not the only one w/ fingers crossed! https://t.co/PcKlgRQFaU
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 17, 2015
Hamill has taken on the animated role of The Joker for many years in cartoons, home animated features, and video games. There’s even an online petition to try and get the part for Hamill.
Timm did state that the animated version of Batman: The Killing Joke will have a new prologue, but not a lot else is to be changed. Sam Liu will direct the film which is set for direct-to-video release next year.
There has always been a lot of controversy over Batman: The Killing Joke, and it’s also one of the most famous comic graphic novels of all time. It’s going to be interesting to see how it comes across in animated form.
Some of that controversy started earlier this year with the DC Comics’ variant covers for The Joker. The cover of one Batgirl issue was even replaced due to so many people having problems with it.
Batman: The Killing Joke is sure to be huge when it is finished and released, but fans are hopeful that a familiar voice brings life to The Joker. Mark Hamill returning to voice the villain is one that would bring even more attention to an already highly-anticipated film.
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