We are just days away from the release of Batman V. Superman. Out of pure anticipation, we’re sure that a lot of you want to watch all of DC’s movies leading up to this one. Taking on such a task is pretty daring, as DC’s film library over the years is simply massive. Even if you’ve seen all of their theatrical movies, there’s still quite a few high-quality animated films that never hit the big screen. Direct-to-Video films like Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and Batman: Under the Red Hood can provide fans with enough action to wet any fan’s appetite before March 25th’s main course. As if there weren’t already enough awesome animated Batman films, a first look at the newest one was released today by none other than the Joker himself.
Mark Hamill recently took to Twitter to give fans a first look at the newest animated Batman movie: The Killing Joke. Here’s what he posted:
THE “All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy…Just one bad day.” pic.twitter.com/bqzBQPIhOw
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 14, 2016
Hamill will of course be voicing the Joker, making it the first time he’s voiced the joker in a film since 2005’s Batman: New Times.
Hamill has been voicing the Joker since Batman: the Animated Series and most recently played Mr. J in the Batman: Arkham Knight video game. Despite only voicing the Joker, Hamill’s performance often ranks up there with actors like Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger as the best one. Seeing Hamill return to voice the Joker in a film is sure to cause massive fangasms all over the Batman fandom.
Hamill’s not the only veteran voice actor returning to the Batman universe. Kevin Conroy, who also got his start on Batman: The Animated series, will once again be reprising his role as the Caped Crusader himself. Conroy said of his return:
“I’ve had the great privilege of voicing Batman for more than two decades, and some of my favorite moments in the recording booth have been alongside Mark Hamill. Mark always enables me to be a better actor. I’m thrilled that we’re both back to bring these characters to life in one of the most heralded Batman/Joker stories of all time.”
As for the film itself, it is supposedly going to be the darkest animated Batman movie yet. The Killing Joke was originally a one-off story by Watchmen creator Alan Moore. It centered on the origin of the Joker and how he went from an engineer to a crazed villain. The story involved a good amount of disturbing violence, including a rape scene. Last year, Warner Brothers gave DC permission to aim for an R rating with the movie, so it’s safe to say that it will be a faithful adaptation.
The Killing Joke is set for release sometime this summer.