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Spread The Word: Mark Hamill Would Voice The Joker For The Killing Joke

I’m a happy camper when I hear either Kevin Conroy or Mark Hamill’s names associated with Batman and the Joker. The two actors have become synonymous to those roles thanks to Bruce Timm’s Batman: The Animated Series and subsequent features in which they appear. Most recently, the duo lent their voices to the sequel to the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, but Hamill caused a stir when he tweeted something just a few days ago that led us all to believe that was his last time playing the Joker. Hamill has now ammended his statement to add a few exceptions to his new no-Joker rule – more Arkham and the controversial Alan Moore story, The Killing Joke

Hamill’s original tweet said, “Hello/Goodbye Joker! I’ve enjoyed every minute behind the wheel of the Crown Prince’s crazy car- I’m going to miss him more than I can say!!” The actor later decided to field some fan questions via the social networking site and when one asked what the chances were that Hamill would voice the Joker in a Killing Joke adaptation he answered, “Thats a dream unfilled! Id love to be apart of that project!” Later, when other fans offered their approved of that particular role he tweeted, “I’d come back for THAT! Spread the word! Campaign for #TheKillingJoke!!”

Released in 1988, The Killing Joke quickly gained popularity as well as notoriety with its more violent take on the classic foes, including of course Joker’s horrific attack on former Batgirl, Barbara Gordon. Moore’s story was not originally meant to be canon in the DC Universe but was made so by editorial at the time. Barbara Gordon took on the role of Oracle for the next 20+ years until the recent DC New 52 relaunch which saw her back in the Batgirl costume but with the Killing Joke’s events still in play.

Hamill also clarified later that his Joker retirement comments did not apply to Arkham City. Whether he was just making sure people weren’t assuming he had a bad experience working on the game or if he meant there might be future work for him in the video game franchise it’s not clear. Also of note, he was asked about doing more work on Robot Chicken and said all it would take was a call from actor/creator Seth Green. Seeing as how Green is also on Twitter and Twitter is where magic happens, Green responded by mentioning his show’s recent DC acquisition (of which you can see a sneak peek here) of which Hamill said he was very excited for. Don’t be surprised if you see him there soon, perhaps even as the Clown Prince of Crime again.

What do you make of this news? The Killing Joke has never been adapted, would it make a good animated feature?

(via MTV Geek)

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  • Pete Kilmer

    I also suspect he’d do it for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns dvd if that ever happens…

  • Frodo Baggins

    More like The Return of the Joker, if Hamill’s involved.

  • Kath

    As far as I’m aware, any time the Joker has appeared on Robot Chicken, Hamill has voiced him. I don’t see why that would change with the DC one, plus Hamill is a versatile guy so they could use him for other things too.

  • Heidi Mason

    ooh, I would so love to have him do voice for The Killing Joke!

  • The Lewd Ood

    It still amazes me that the the most iconic voice of the Joker, the one I’ll always have in my head, is Mark f-ing Hamill.  It’s just weird.

    But yeah, Killing Joke would be a phenomenal animated feature.  I think they should do a trilogy — The Man Who Laughs, Killing Joke, and Mad Love.  Then let Hamill proudly mosey off into the sunset and let the dude who’s doing the Joker for Young Justice take over and start a new era.  That guy’s got some promise…

  • Francesca M

    They did do a Mad Love.

  • Frodo Baggins

    I don’t see how it could avoid an R rating without losing the raw power of the comic.

  • The Lewd Ood

    Wasn’t that just one of those motion-comic thingies?

  • Katie

    I actually got into a HUGE fight with my sister when I was little while I found out that Luke Skywalker was The Joker. She didn’t believe me and it almost came to blows hehe

  • Glenn Buettner

    I remember seeing Mark do the voice on late night tv once and it creeped me out, his whole face twists up and he really takes on the Joker persona.

  • April

    Just like Joker Beyond: Return of Joker was.

  • The Lewd Ood

    That’s funny.  I know I certainly came to blows with my brothers over less trivial matters…

  • The Lewd Ood

     He kinda looks like him, anyway.  Homeboy has not aged well.

  • Francesca M

    It was in the WB Batman series. Tim Drake in the mix and all that. I mean he wasn’t in the episode. It was from that era of the batman animated stuff.

  • Mandy Threlfo

    Agreed, he looks so creepy now. 

  • Anonymous
  • Katie

    We were only around six, plus we are only eleven months apart. We fought over EVERYTHING hehe

  • Joshua Nahas

    That Young Justice Joker is Brett Spiner. Data from Star Trek: The Next Gen.

  • Jason Westbrook

    Umm… Mad Love was originally an episode of Batman The Animated Series, which Hamill DID voice work for. So one out of three already done there.