There are always conversations to be had about who has played the best Joker. Was it Jack Nicholson? Heath Ledger? Could Jared Leto end up being the best? However, out of all of these amazing live-action performances, some still say Mark Hamill’s voice work as the Clown Prince of Crime is the best version of the Joker onscreen, period.
However, despite his recent work on the Arkham games, Hamill has said he wouldn’t be doing much more of the Joker professionally, much to the chagrin of many fans. Although, it looks like Hamill might not have counted on just the number of projects he’d be wanted for, and it looks like fans might get to see him return in a new, highly anticipated animated feature.
Collider has reported that Hamill will be returning to voice the iconic character in the upcoming animated feature adaptation of, Batman: The Killing Joke. Not only that though, the report also states that Hamill has already recorded his work for the film, which is set to be released straight-to-video next year.
For those of you who don’t know, The Killing Joke is an iconic comic book from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, and was the only comic book story for over 20 years to give a somewhat official origin story to the Joker. As the character keeps pushing Commissioner Gordon to the breaking point of his sanity, testing his theory that one bad day can drive anyone crazy (like it did to him), Joker reaches new kinds of lows in his mission to prove that all madness takes is a little push.
The comic book is infamous for a number of reasons, including some very spoiler-heavy points in the story that I won’t delve into right now for anyone out there who hasn’t read the book yet, or is waiting to see the animated film first. It’ll be interesting to see just how true to the darkness of the story the film stays, but judging by how dark some of the previous DC animated films have been, fans shouldn’t expect too much deviation.
Whether or not the quality of the animation will stay on-par with the comic book is unknown, but if they really did get Hamill to return, then that certainly acts as some kind of indicator that this won’t be a film many fans will want to miss out on.
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