Mark Hamill to voice the Joker for “The Killing Joke”

For many Batman fans, both of the popular animated-series and the video-game series, there is only one man that can voice the Joker; Mark Hamill.

Well good news fans, Mark Hamill is coming out of retirement (well again, really). It was just four-years ago that Mark Hamill announced that he would be retiring from voicing the Joker, this was after he completed the second “Batman: Arkham” series video-game. Though it should also be mentioned that Hamill did return for the latest game “Batman: Arkham Knight.” Hamill did admit back in 2011 that an animated version of “The Killing Joke” was still on the table, even though he was retiring from the role. Silly Mark Hamill, thinking he could escape us.

Hamill spent nearly two-decades as the definitive voice of the popular villain, at the time, his announcement was a tough pill for many fans (including me) to swallow.

When the new adaptation of the animated-version of 1988’s “The Killing Joke” was announced, everyone was hoping that Hamill would return to voice the Joker once again, now EW is confirming the news. That being said, Warner Bros. has not officially confirmed the news with the press at the time this article was written.

“The Killing Joke” is one of the most popular story-lines in the Batman catalog. A disabled Batgirl would eventually become the character Oracle in the series following the horrific events of the story.

Announced at SDCC 2015, “The Killing Joke” adaptation was a huge announcement for fans. The story is a “seminal graphic novel,” written by Alan Moore illustrated by Brian Bolland.

Not only does the story outline the origin for the Joker, DC stated, “it’s been one of the most regularly requested animated films by fans.”

The animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke is executive produced by Bruce Timm and will retell this classic tale in an exciting new way. DC comics also stated that the event will “feature an original 15-minute prologue that helps set up the story, giving even longtime fans of the story something new to look forward to.”

If you haven’t read it yet, do so, it can be found on Amazon starting under $10 and is amazing.