Warner Home Video is getting ready to launch Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 on Blu-ray and DVD September 25, the first in their two-part adaptation of Frank Miller's classic graphic novel. Today, we have word that actor Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest) has signed on to voice The Joker in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2. Check out the first look at this animated villain, along with what the actor had to say about taking on this iconic character.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns The Joker
"He's one of those great villains that an actor like me likes to play because he has layers - he has a face for the world and a face for himself. He is, in a way, a villain who is a natural actor. All of that is that is delightful and confounding at the same time. It's freeing because of the largeness of it. When he laughs, there's nothing subdued about it. When he screams in rage, there's nothing controlled about it. The amp is turned to 11 at all times."
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Peter Weller stars as Batman in both movies, with Ariel Winter playing the new, female Robin and Michael McKean voicing Dr. Bartholomew Wolper, an Arkham Asylum psychiatrist. Mark Valley has also joined the cast of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 as Superman. The second part will debut sometime in 2013.