Mark Hamill Joins ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’, Kevin Conroy Soon To Follow?


It’s being reported that Mark Hamill will reprise his role as the Joker once again for one of DC’s most anticipated animated films yet, Batman: The Killing Joke.


After the announcement that The Killing Joke was going to be adapted as an animated film, Hamill went on record stating that he would love to reprise his role for this project.  Then, shortly after, Collider had this to say:

Shortly after the story, sources reached out to us and confirmed that Hamill has already recorded his voice acting for the film, which is due out direct-to-video next year.

Most people know Hamill from his infamous role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, but what pushed his career to the next level was his time as The Joker, starting with Batman: The Animated Series back in 1992 and has continued to voice that character on and off for the last 23 years.  More recently, Hamill’s voice can be heard portraying The Joker in the Batman: Arkham video game series, including the most recent, Batman: Arkham Knight, which came out earlier this year.


But what’s The Joker without his Batman?

Kevin Conroy, who voiced Batman in Batman: The Animated Series, said he’d love to reprise the role for this film and that there’s even an online petition to make it happen.  Conroy has also voice Batman in the Batman: Arkham video game series alongside Mark Hamill, and the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game.  He has even done several DC Universe Animated Original Movies including Batman: Gothic Knight, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, Justice League: Doom, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, and Batman: Assault on Arkham.


For those unfamiliar with The Killing Joke, is considered to be the quintessential Joker story.  Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland in the late 1980s, the story became famous for its origin of the Joker as a tragic character; a family man and failed comedian who suffered “one bad day” that finally drove him insane.

Batman: The Killing Joke is slated for release sometime in 2016.