Is the article title correct? Is a legendary cast confirmed for Batman:The Killing Joke, a forthcoming DC animated film based on a classic graphic novel of the same name? Yes, the title speaks the truth, my friends. Recently, our friends at ComicBookResources confirmed that Joker and Batman voice-acting alumni, Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy, would be reprising their animated roles in the animated translation of a DC classic.
Mark Hamill had a few very enthusiastic words to say regarding the announcement:
“The chance to work once again with Kevin Conroy, my favorite Batman, in what some consider the definitive origin of this iconic villain is a dream come true for me. I am beyond thrilled to return as The Joker in ‘The Killing Joke!'”
Mark also offered the very first image from the forthcoming film. OBSERVE!
THE “All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy…Just one bad day.” pic.twitter.com/bqzBQPIhOw
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 14, 2016
Then Kevin Conroy chimed in and offered his equally enthusiastic thoughts:
“I’ve had the great privilege of voicing Batman for more than two decades, and some of my favorite moments in the recording booth have been alongside Mark Hamill. Mark always enables me to be a better actor. I’m thrilled that we’re both back to bring these characters to life in one of the most heralded Batman/Joker stories of all time.”
Mark Hamill – who was part of a little known movie franchise called Star Wars – voiced the Joker for a number of years in a number of various projects, starting with the animated darling of the 1990s, Batman: The Animated Series.
Batman: The Animated Series also utilized Kevin Conroy’s perfectly calm and grainy voice for the series’ star, Batman. I mean, just close your eyes and listen; this is EXACTLY how Batman would sound. EXACTLY!
According to our very helpful list of past and upcoming DC animated films, Batman:The Killing Joke will be hitting July 21st. Oh, man. Prepare yourselves!