News about DC Universe’s Harley Quinn animated series is starting to surface. Quinn’s new show seems to be one of the most anticipated original content coming out of the DC Universe. We already know that The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco is cast as Harley, Lake Bell joins her as Poison Ivy, and Diedrich Bader comes in as Batman. Thanks to Bader letting it slip during an interview, he’s already done a session with the show’s Joker. The Joker should be very a pretty important part of the story. If used sparingly to strengthen the impact, the character could be a driving force for Harley, assuming they go with a more liberated, post-Joker-break-up-Harley. Who joins DC Universe’s Harley Quinn and the other incredible voice actors that have brought Joker to life?
DC has cast none other than Alan Tudyk, known for his Star Wars: Rogue One role as well as Firefly/Serenity. Tudyk is a phenomenal voice actor who has many credits to his name. While Tudyk is known for his more comedically-inclined roles, he’s an actor with a wide range that can bring the dark and creepy that the Joker sometimes requires. When nerds think of the Joker, Mark Hamill often springs to mind first. But what other voice actors have brought something unique and special to the character? Alan Tudyk joins the following 5 Joker voice actors in the Joker Mythos.
Everyone on this list keeps true to the soul of the Joker without venturing too far off the beaten path. Each of these Jokers is familiar, yet unique. John DiMaggio embodies that concept in Under The Red Hood. Immediately you know who you’re dealing with. He brings an intelligence and nihilism to the Joker that few others can reach. Some Jokers play more to chaos for the sake of chaos, but with DiMaggio’s Joker you get a sense that he has plans, he’s actually quite intelligent and not only a mad dog off a leash.
Zach Galifianakis in The Lego Batman Movie is the side of the Joker that kids can enjoy. That whacky, crazy, just dangerous enough for to kids to handle kind of Joker. It’s a Joker that introduces people not familiar with the character to the possibilities of what Joker can be. It’s a Joker that’s needed; the gateway Joker.
Young Justice’s Joker is the true psychopathic Joker. The one that will kill you and think that’s the punchline to the joke, rather than telling the joke and still kill you. Brent Spiner brings that edge of certifiably-crazy that makes his Joker seem more dangerous than the others.
Troy Baker voiced Joker in Arkham Origins, the game from the Arkham Series that Mark Hamill didn’t do. He went on to voice Joker in Batman Unlimited, bringing the same sense of maniacal he did to Origins. He was a great pick to fill in for Hamill, Baker’s style is very similar, but he still brings his own edge of madness to the Joker’s voice.
Michael Emerson in the The Dark Knight Returns parts 1 & 2 brings a more subtle, smoother, quiet rage between the Joker’s cackling laugh. He’s softer spoken as if each word is chosen carefully to fully express his meaning.
It could be said that all versions of the Joker, as well as Hamill’s, are required to make a full Joker. One that embodies all his aspects and various facets of his damaged psyche. Not one Joker is better, worse, or closer to the true Joker the other, rather they’re all pieces of one larger character. Fans are eager to see what Alan Tudyk can bring to the table and if he can join the list of best Jokers, adding his own version to the larger Joker mythos.
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