Mark Hamill ‘Can’t Wait’ To See Heath Ledger As Joker

We recently brought you enthusiastic reactions to Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker from Batman legends like Paul Dini, Adam West and Jeph Loeb.

Stand aside, boys: the Clown Prince himself wishes to make a statement.

“For all those fans that dreamed of an adult approach to the material, ’Batman Begins’ got nearly everything right,” Mark Hamill wrote to MTV News upon first seeing the trailer for Chris Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” “I have no doubt this one will be just as good or better.”

Hamill, of course, is often credited with helping to craft the most definitive take on the character yet, in Dini’s “Batman: The Animated Series.” As voice of the Joker, Hamill brought to the Gotham knave a delicate mix of psychosis and manic glee, just as ready with a gun as he was with a gag.

Hamill, like Dini, sees very little of that approach in Nolan’s take on the character — but what he does see has him smiling from ear to ear.

“The balls-out debauched psycho approach seems like a great way of reinventing everyone’s favorite scary (and scar-y) clown,” he enthused. “Can’t wait to see it!”

How about you? Be sure to check out all our coverage of the recent “Dark Knight” trailer, then sound off below on everything Batman: Should Hamill have been given a shot to portray the character in live-action? What made his Joker unique? Is there anyone out there who doesn’t trust what Ledger is doing?