It appears that days after making his desire to voice the Joker once again publicly known, actor Mark Hamill has been confirmed for an upcoming animated movie.
According to a Monday article by Collider, Hamill, who is also famously known for portraying farm boy turned Jedi Luke Skywalker in three “Star Wars” movies, has already recorded his voice acting parts for the upcoming animated adaption of the 1988, 64-page, one-shot graphic novel, “Batman: The Killing Joke.” The film was announced during the Comic Con International: San Diego 2015.
Even though Collider said sources confirmed that Hamill is part of the project, which will be released next year, Hamill was posting on Twitter of his hopes to be a part of it. On July 17, Hamill tweeted: “You’re not the only one w/ fingers crossed!” And nearly 14 hours ago, Hamill tweeted: “My fingers are still crossed.”
Voice actor Kevin Conroy, who voiced Batman/Bruce Wayne opposite Hamill’s Joker in “Batman: the Animated Series” and numerous other cartoons and video games, has also voiced his desire to return as “the Dark Knight”.
Hamill has voiced the Joker since 1992, starting with “Batman: The Animated Series”. He followed that series up by voicing the Joker in episodes of “Superman: The Animated Series”, “The New Batman Adventures”, “Justice League”, Static Shock”, “Robot Chicken”, the 1993 theatrical film “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” and “Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker”, a 2000 direct-to video film.
He has also voiced the Joker in the short-lived WB live-action series, “Birds of Prey”, which featured a scene of Barbara Gordon being shot by the Joker from “The Killing Joke”. Another actor was physically used for the scene. Hamill also voiced the Joker in several video games, the latest being “Batman: Arkham Knight”, and for amusement parks and toys.
Hamill had said that he was retiring from the Joker role after 19 years back in October 2011. He said the videogame, “Batman: Arkham City” would be his last time. But, he returned to the role for 2015’s “Batman Arkham Knight” videogame.
Written by Alan Moore, who is known for penning graphic novels “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, “V for Vendetta”, “Watchmen”, “Marvelman” and “Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?”) and illustrated by Brian Bolland, “The Killing Joke” gives an origin story of the Joker as a failed comedian who experiences a series of tragic events that lead him to jumping into a vat of chemicals and becoming the “Clown Prince of Crime”. Even though the graphic novel was to be a one-shot, the story, which featured the Joker shooting and paralyzing Barbara Gordon (who was still operating as Batgirl) and kidnapping her father, Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon and trying to make him insane, was incorporated into the main line of Batman comic books as continuity. Some parts of the story, especially the part of the Joker being “created” in the vat of chemicals, has been incorporated into movies, television shows and video games.
Aside from the Joker, Hamill played the DC Comic villain, the Trickster, in the 1990 live-action series “The Flash” and reprised the role in The CW’s 2014 live action series “The Flash”. Hamill also voiced the character in animated, direct-to-video movie, “Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom”.
Hamill has also voiced several other characters for popular animated series and films like “Regular Show”, “Ben 10: Ominverse”, “Transformer: Rescue Bots”, “Dragons: Riders of Berk”, “Uncle Grandpa”, “Motorcity”, “Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!”,“Scooby-Doo”, “The Little Mermaid”, “SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron”, “Phantom 2040”, “Spider-Man”, “Fantastic Four”, “The Real adventures of Jonny Quest”, “The Incredible Hulk”, “Wing Commander Academy”, “Bruno the Kid”, “Johnny Bravo” and many more, according to IMDb.com
Hamill will next be seen in the seventh episode of the “Star Wars” film series, “Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens”, which is scheduled to be released on Dec. 18.