If you talk about the Joker today, you may be referring to Jared Leto’s turn in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. Or you may prefer Heath Ledger’s take on the Batman villain in The Dark Knight or Jack Nicholson’s in the 1989 Batman.
What casual Batman fans may not know is that one of the best performances of the clown-faced psychopath actually came from an actor better know for his Star Wars roles than his superhero outings. Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, has been voicing the character since 1992 in Batman: The Animated Series, bringing a very dark and very scary presence to afternoon cartoons.
Hamill, 63, has continued to voice various incarnations of the Joker ever since, and on Monday pop culture site Collider confirmed that Hamill will once again voice the clown prince of crime for a new DC animated movie: Batman: The Killing Joke, after a decade of mostly voicing him in video games only.
The Killing Joke is an adaptation of the comic of the same name, and that comic just happens to be one of the darkest Batman comics of all time, so Hamill’s performance may be more for adults who grew up with his Joker back in the ’90s than young Batman fans. But for those who know what they’re getting into, it could be one of the most interesting performances Hamill has ever given.