Mark Hamill Reveals First Image From ‘The Killing Joke’ Animated Film

By March 14, 2016

After initially being rumored for the project in the Summer of last year, Mark Hamill has officially been confirmed (via CBR) to be returning as the voice of the Joker in the upcoming animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke, alongside Kevin Conroy reprising his role as the Dark Knight. Now, let’s pause for a moment so that the entire comic book fandom can cheer in delight.

But that’s not all though. In addition to the confirmation, Hamill himself released the first official image from the upcoming, highly-anticipated animated adaptation, which has been rumored to be DC’s darkest animated film yet, with a possible “R” rating in its future.

Check out Hamill’s announcement below:

In addition to Hamill and Conroy, Tara Strong will be returning to voice Barbara Gordon in the adaptation, as well as Ray Wise providing the voice of Commissioner Gordon. Hamill commented on his return with the following statement:

“The chance to work once again with Kevin Conroy, my favorite Batman, in what some consider the definitive origin of this iconic villain is a dream come true for me. I am beyond thrilled to return as The Joker in ‘The Killing Joke!'”

Conroy added:

“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.”

Heralded as one of the most beloved and controversial comics of all time, The Killing Joke told what has been widely accepted as one of the only true origin stories for The Joker, as it flashes between the past and present day as Batman’s greatest foe not only cripples Barbara Gordon, but also psychologically tortures her father in an attempt to prove his theory about humanity as true – that it only takes one bad day for anyone to go a little crazy.

Considering Hamill’s interpretation of the iconic villain is possibly the most beloved and faithful in history, the confirmation that he’s coming back to do the voice for one of the most quintessential Joker comic books should be cause for some celebration, to say the least. The fact that he’ll be joined by Conroy as well, Hamill’s voice over other half, and partner in crime basically, is just icing on this smiling cake.

Batman: The Killing Joke animated film is currently in development, with a release date set for sometime this summer.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable