Batman: Arkham City May Be Mark Hamill’s Last Turn as The Joker
Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard it before, Luke Skywalker — despite an incredible career as the voice of Batman’s arch-nemesis, it’s time to hang up the acid-spitting trick flower and the laughing gas and call it a day after Batman: Arkham City. That’s what the illustrious Mark Hamill stated/implied in the following Tweet:
Hello/Goodbye Joker! I’ve enjoyed every minute behind the wheel of the Crown Prince’s crazy car- I’m going to miss him more than I can say!!
This isn’t the first time Hamill has said he’s not putting on the psychotic smile of the Clown Prince of Crime ever again — in fact, he said the same thing after the success of Batman: Arkham Asylum. In this interview, he explains why he came back for Arkham City, but here are the highlights: 1. He thought it couldn’t get better than Arkham Asylum, so he figured he’d leave on a high note; 2. Just about the entire voice cast returned for Arkham City; 3. Arkham City was better, so he couldn’t resist.
So now that Arkham City is wrapped, Hamill is likely back in the same position he was two years ago: He just finished what he considers the best turn with the character he’s ever done, so why push it? Not a bad attitude to have, but here’s hoping that another Arkham City-caliber project comes along to eclipse this one, and the true voice of The Joker returns to us. Because I don’t know about you guys, but nobody else sounds even close to right — just like Kevin Conroy as The Batman.
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