Mark Hamill has a long history with video games, as well as a rich career portraying The Joker. He got his start during the ’90s in “Batman: The Animated Series” and went to reprise the role in numerous DC Comics animated productions and eventually once more in 2009’s “Batman: Arkham Asylum.” Well, he’s officially on to do it again in “Arkham Asylum 2,” but the actor who made Luke Skywalker a household face says the sequel will be his last time playing the most famous clown in comics.
“This will be my last, there’s no question about that,” Hamill told IGN. “But it’s the last hurrah.”
Hamill spoke fondly of his time playing Mr. J from 1992 through 2004, and he had nothing but nice things to say about everyone at Rocksteady, but the chance to collaborate again with some old friends was what finally convinced him to do the part one more time for their games.
“When they said, ’We want you to come back [to the role of The Joker] and do ’Arkham,” I said the same; ’I left on a high note, I don’t think we could ever top that.’ But they said, ’We got Paul Dini,’ who was my favourite ever Joker writer, ’and Kevin Conroy,’ who I love,” the actor explained. “This was a real reunion and a very pleasant experience. So of course I relented, but I had no idea it would have the impact it did.”
When it comes down to it, Hamill’s voice as The Joker is about as recognizable to fans as Heath Ledger’s scarred face or Caesar Romero’s giddy frolicking from the old Adam West TV series, so “Arkham 2” would be hard pressed to find someone better. If it’s anything like its predecessor, Hamill definitely made the right decision this time, too.
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