There have been a lot of voices and faces attached to the role of The Joker over the years, some of them good, some of them not-so-much. Everyone has a favorite, however, and Mark Hamill is definitely one of the names that shines the brightest when it comes to bringing life to the animated version of one of Batman’s most infamous of villains. And now it looks like he’ll be returning to give it one more go. What’s more, it’s for an animated adaptation of one of the most-praised story arcs in the Batman world – Batman: The Killing Joke.
Ever since a Batman: The Killing Joke animated movie was announced, people have been clamoring for Hamill to be the one chosen to voice The Joker. A couple of weeks back, Hamill, after being bombarded with questions from fans, finally responded that he wasn’t sure whether or not he had the part. Now, “sources” are saying that not only was he chosen to voice The Joker, but that he’s already done all the recording required for the movie.
Just in case you’ve never heard of Batman: The Killing Joke, it’s an award-winning graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland. It tells the story of The Joker’s origin (for the first time ever) and presents a series of events that lead to Barbara Gordon (AKA Batgirl) becoming paralyzed and eventually taking on the role of Oracle. It’s dark, it’s gritty and it’s a damned good story overall. Which means it’s perfect for translation to the animated screen. And with Hamill onboard, it’s bound to be that much better because of him.
Unfortunately, you’re going to have to wait until next year to see it.
So what say the Nerd Readers? Does Hamill’s presence get you excited for The Killing Joke flick? Or do you think that there might be a problem getting this story to translate well?