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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2 Comments on Batman: Arkham City May Be Mark Hamill’s Last Turn as The Joker


On October 21, 2011 at 12:12 am

Here Here!
Long live Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy as the Batman Series Legends!!!

I’ve never actually laughed at a children’s cartoon show till now at age 21 and watched probably every Batman Animated Series & Joker episodes and they were fun and funny! Even though I must be as crazy as the Joker for watching them at my age. It’s a well deserved 9.1 rating on IMDB.

Wish WB did a few more series with the same cast, animation and writers – such an amazing cartoon series.

Marco Santos

On October 23, 2011 at 1:54 am

Please god no!!!!!!!
Don’t tell me it’s over yet! It cant be over, in fact, it hasn’t even begun! Mr. Hamill you cant leave us like this! Especially not with the best character dead. You just cant let it end this way you cant!!! Please i beg of you don’t let the Clown Prince of Crime die like this in vain!!! Please hes the greatest thing that ever happened to me, don’t let him die like this please!!!!!