Don't worry, Mark Hamill's Joker isn't ready to leave the building just yet! When most people think of Mark Hamill, they instantly associate him with his iconic role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. That is perfectly understandable, because it is him you see playing the part and few, if any movies, have ever been as popular as any of the Star Wars movie he appeared in. But there are a great many fanboys and fangirls out there who will associate him just as much with The Joker, because he has been brilliantly voicing the character for more than 20 years. And it doesn't look like he's ready give it up just yet.
Hamill is again reprising his role as the Clown Prince of Crime in the upcoming animated feature-length adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke. In recent years, Hamill has been flirting with the idea of retiring his work as The Joker, but he seems to keep getting pulled back in. He recently took to his Twitter to assure fans that The Killing Joke will in fact, not be his last turn as The Joker. When a fan asked "Was the killing joke the last time you'll do the Joker??? Please say no." Hamill very simply, but assuringly replied "no."
Even before he was one of the most recognizable actors in the world, Hamill was doing voiceover work on Scooby Doo movies and has continued to have a prominent career in that world ever since. The Joker is by far his most recognizable character from his incredible career in voiceover, and many consider Mark Hamill's portrayal of the character on Batman: The Animated Series to be one of the, if not the single best we have ever seen, or heard in this case. Most will put Heath Ledger at the top of their list, but Batman: The Animated Series is still widely regarded as the best, most well-rounded representation of that world, and The Joker is no small part of that.
Batman: The Killing Joke is adapting one of the most famous and well-regarded graphic novels of all-time. It was originally written by comics legend Alan Moore in 1988. The book was a one-shot which finally provides a bit of an origin story for The Joker and contained story elements that still ripple through the DC Comics universe today. Once it was announced that Kevin Conroy was returning to do Batman for The Killing Joke, many hoped that Hamill was going to return as well, and fortunately that turned out to be the case. But Hamill's reassurance on Twitter shouldn't be taken as gospel. He really enjoys to mess with fans a bit and always likes to keep things a bit secretive until the time is right. But it is nice to know that he is at least, even if somewhat jokingly, open to it.
Prior to reprising his role as The Joker in the R-rated animated The Killing Joke, Hamill provided the voice of the character for the Batman: Arkham video game series, for which he was awarded a BAFTA in 2012. Batman: The Killing Joke will be making its world premiere at San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July 22 and will be playing in select theaters for one night on July 25. The movie will be released digitally on July 26 and Blu-ray on August 2. You can check out Mark Hamill's tweet for yourself below.