Ever since the original announcement that the iconic Batman: The Killing Joke graphic novel would be turned into an animated film in the DC Animated Universe, fans only wanted to know one thing — will Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill be back?
Hamill, who you may recognize as Luke freaking Skywalker from Star Wars, has done some brilliant voice work over the years, bringing a level of insanity to The Joker that had never been seen in cartoon form. He has also reprised the role in multiple Batman video games. To many fans, his voice simply IS the Joker.
Since The Killing Joke is easily the most iconic Joker story in comic book history, having the film done with Hamill would have been borderline blasphemy. But not only is Hamill returning to the sound booth for this one, but Kevin Conroy, who has voiced Batman in various animated works for over 20 years, has been confirmed to star alongside him the ultimate tale of Batman versus Joker.
Hamill is excited about working with Conroy again, according to ComicBookResource.com:
“The chance to work again with Kevin Conroy, my favorite Batman, in what some consider the definitive origin of this iconic villain is a dream come true for me. I am beyond thrilled to return as The Joker in The Killing Joke!”
The feeling was mutual for Conroy:
“I’ve had the great privilege of voicing Batman for more than two decades, and some of my favorite moments in the recording booth have been alongside Mark Hamill. Mark always enables me to be a better actor.”
Tara Strong will also return to the DC Animated Universe to again play the voice of Batgirl/Barbara Gordon.
Hamill has publicly proclaimed to be done with the Joker role on multiple occasions, but always seems to change his mind when he is really needed. Quite frankly, without Conroy and Hamill, The Killing Joke just wouldn’t be the same.
Look for the film to hit DVD and Blu-ray sometime this summer.