Well, with this prequel, they might as well look towards John Di Maggio, or maybe the guy who played Joker in Lego Batman 2.
Actor bids farewell to iconic animated role as the Batman's nemesis and clown prince of crime as Arkham City launches into stores.
The actor who played Luke Skywalker is stepping away from a second iconic role. On his verified Twitter account yesterday, Mark Hamill said goodbye to his recurring role as the villainous Joker after his turn as the clown prince of crime in the just-released Batman: Arkham City.
"Hello/Goodbye Joker," Hamill said. "I've enjoyed every minute behind the wheel of the Crown Prince's crazy car--I'm going to miss him more than I can say!!"
This is not the first time Hamill has indicated that he was done with the role. When asked at last year's San Diego Comic-Con about reports that Arkham City would be his final performance as the Joker, Hamill mused, "I keep saying thatů" He added that he hadn't wanted to do a sequel after the original Arkham because he takes the character seriously and wanted to go out on a high note. However, he also noted that in a number of ways, the final decision on the matter wasn't actually up to him.
While Hamill has been trying to step away from the Joker role, he has allowed for the possibility of a return. In July, he posted on Twitter, "If I do 1 last performance as The Joker, hope it's The Killing Joke!!!" The Killing Joke was a Batman story written by Alan Moore (The Watchmen, V for Vendetta) in which the Joker shoots and paralyzes Barbara Gordon.
For more on Hamill's feasibly final performance as the Joker, check out GameSpot's review of Arkham City.
All I have to say is (borrowing James Earl Jones voice): NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
What a shame if it's true, Hamil is THE man we should all think of as playing the role of The Joker - he is the only one who has shown off the full range of emotions Joker has (from unapologetic insane delight at his own mayhem to disquieting levels of evil and menace).
Great voice acting though for the Batman games by all characters, I don't see them finding a better replacement.
If he wants to go out on a high note, he should have stopped at Arkham Asylum since it seems to focus on the Joker more than Arkham city (though I havent played the sequel yet). If he wants to go out with a bang, he needs to voice the Joker in the inevitable next, hopefully last Arkham game in this current series.
So many roles that I remember him for: Luke Skywalker Christopher Blair (Wing Commander) The Joker Good memories all.
@Archontic He was going to be done after Arkham Asylum cause he didn't think that performance of the Joker could be topped. However he was talked into Arkham City and it topped it for sure. So now he says he's done, unless they do the Killing Joke the only thing he thinks can do better.
@vaejas @blackace Carrie Fisher is primarily a screenwriter these days. *************************************** Yeah, it looks like her acting days are just about over. She was in "Fanboys" movie though.
Of all the Joker's, Mark Hamil is the best. It's a shame he's done with the character but atleast it'll allow villians like Two Face to get more screen time.
I think he actually announced this around the time Arkham Asylum was released. Really, really old news.
At least he's found other jobs away from Star Wars. That's always a good thing. Can't say the same for Carrie Fisher. She's like the cameo queen.
The character will Suffer for it. At least when it calls for a vocal performance. I mean that is the Jokers' voice. Whenever I read a Batman comic it's always Marks voice I hear. No other voice has fit the character so perfectly. As far as I am concerned that is his voice.
@ Jordo_d Killing Joke is a graphic novel... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman:_The_Killing_Joke
Hamill's performance in Star Wars was just practice for his role as the Joker. There is no one who will be able to top his VA performance on Joker.
'cries' also he was Master Eraqus in Birth By Sleep. well, we still got that one guy from The Batman who sounds alot like him.
Mark Hamill is an extraordinary voice actor, I'll be looking forward to what he does next. Fun fact: He voice Fire Lord Sozin in Avatar: The Last Airbender :D
Would be a shame not to have him do the Joker anymore. I can't think of anybody (be it live action or voice work wise) who can match his performance. Yes, I loved Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger as the Joker on screen, but Mark Hamill's Joker to me matches the character's iconic status in the way Kevin Conroy's Batman does. Hell, I was slightly dissappointed not to hear Arleen Sorkin doing Harley Quinn anymore, so I can't imagine how I'd feel not hearing Mark Hamill as the Joker again. Still, I can understand the need to move on and try new things. I just hope that before he truly does he gets his chance at the Killing Joke. Would love to see that happen.
I understand Mark wanting the chance to play the Joker in "The Killing Joke" it was a great piece of writing and gave the Joker a truly sad origin. As for Batgirl. Well then went and healed her so she's swing from buildings again. I think she was much better as Oracle than Batgirl. Before Oracle Batman had to go back to the batcave to research facts or analyze clues. Now he downloads or hands it to Oracle while he stays on the street. I wonder if someone else will pick up the Oracle mantle.
"If I do 1 last performance as The Joker, hope it's The Killing Joke!!!" The Killing Joke as in....one last performance where the Joker kills Batman? Cuz the Gordon thing is already done
He will be greatly missed as the voice of the Joker for almost the past two decades. Would've loved to hear him as the Joker from the Killing Joke.
@Rohan233: Uh, no. He said numerous times he's done doing the Joker, period. He feels like he's done all he can with the character, Killing Joke aside, and decided to retire the voice before it started to become Luke Skywalker all over again.
PEOPLE ARE GETTING THIS WRONG!, HE SAID HE WON'T DO THE VOICE FOR THE GAMES ANYMORE!, BUT HE REASSURED THAT HE WAS GOING KEEP DOING THE VOICE FOR ANIMATED FILMS etc.
Nooooo! I hate to hear this. If they bring someone in to replace Hamill, there had better be no noticeable differences in the voices. Hamill's was PERFECT.
@heroesfan261 Because Hamill's Joker got kneecapped early in the running due to the non-violence issues in the first Batman the animated series. I got a look at the way The Joker done by Hamill was supposed to be after viewing a snippet from the uncut Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, and while I love what I saw, I knew that's not the Joker that made it into the TV series. To be clear, this is NOT saying anything against Hamill's talent. I think that even with those restrictions, I'll still remember his Joker before Ledger. But the sad truth is, the animated Joker was hit lame for a long period of time before he really got the chance to push into the bloody zone :-) So, the one people are more likely to reference as the gruesome Joker is gonna be Ledger first, because the animated series didn't want to get really violent.
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