Mark Hamill is kidnapped by the Joker and the Trickster in a fun short from DC Kids. Called "Missing the Mark", the animated short was first released in 2017, but it has recently been making the rounds again and is certainly amusing enough to warrant a revisit. If you haven't seen it yet, then now is the time!
Created as a promotional video for the animated series Justice League Action, the short is called "Missing the Mark" and features an illustrated version of Hamill with the actor providing his own voice. Facing certain doom at the hands of the Gotham City supervillains and with Batman nowhere to be seen, Hamill must use his extraordinary skills as a voice actor to save himself, and the fun short caps off with a very entertaining ending. You can watch the full video below.
Of course, what's particularly amusing about "Missing the Mark" is that Hamill voices both the Joker and the Trickster as well on Justice League Action. It's just the latest of many projects to feature Hamill as the voice of the Clown Prince of Crime since he first lent his voice to the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. He has since become synonymous with the character with his unique voice portrayal, leading to dozens of appearances as the Joker in other cartoon shows, animated movies, video games, and even a variety of toys and theme park rides. In other words, Hamill can pretty much be considered as the official voice of the Joker.
The Joker might be Mark Hamill's best-known voice role, though he has been voicing a plethora of other characters for decades. This also includes voicing a Marvel supervillain as he played The Hobgoblin on the animated Spider-Man series from the '90s. "Missing the Mark" isn't even the first time Hamill has voiced an animated version of himself, as the actor also appeared in a 1998 episode of The Simpsons and in multiple episodes of the Disney Channel series Pepper Ann. More recently, he provided the voice of the new Chucky in this year's Child's Play remake, taking over the role from franchise veteran Brad Dourif.
While Hamill has been voicing the Joker on the small screen since the early '90s, we've seen a variety of different actors to offer their own unique takes on the character on the big screen. Following Jack Nicholson's legendary performance in Tim Burton's Batman in 1989, the Joker would stay off the big screen until 2008 when Heath Ledger portrayed him in the Christopher Nolan movie The Dark Knight. Jared Leto would later play the Joker in David Ayers' Suicide Squad in 2016, and this year's Joker introduced Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime. Because of the incredible success of Joker both critically and at the box office, it's very possible we'll see Phoenix back in the role soon enough for a sequel. The "Missing the Mark" video comes to us from DC Kids on YouTube.