It has happened! Much to the delight of many fans, actor Mark Hamill will be voicing The Joker in the upcoming animated movie. Hamill has been the voice of DC Entertainment animated offerings for 23 years. He voiced for Batman: The Animated Series, the Batman Arkham video games, and more. It seems like Hamill has been passionate about playing Batman’s archnemesis in this Alan Moore classic graphic novel. Here’s a look at some footage (courtesy of The Flickcast) from San Diego Comic Con in 2011 where he discusses his love for the story.
Synopsis (via Wikipedia):
Batman: The Killing Joke is a one-shot superhero graphic novel written by English author Alan Moore and drawn by English illustrator Brian Bolland. It was first published in the United States by DC Comics in 1988 and has remained in print since. Set in the fictional U.S. city of Gotham, Batman: The Killing Joke provides an origin story for the Joker, an established comic book supervillain. It depicts him as a failed stand-up comedian who agrees to aid a gang of criminals and is thwarted by the superhero Batman before being disfigured; in doing so he is driven insane and attains his supervillain persona.
Created by Moore as his own take on Joker’s source and psychology, the story became famous for its origin of the Joker as a tragic character; a family man and failed comedian who suffered “one bad day” that finally drove him insane. The story’s effects on the mainstream Batman continuity also included the shooting and paralysis of Barbara Gordon (a.k.a. Batgirl), an event that laid the groundwork for her to develop the identity of Oracle.
Many critics consider the graphic novel to be the definitive Joker story and one of the best Batman stories ever published. The comic won the Eisner Award for ‘Best Graphic Album’ in 1989 and appeared on The New York Times Best Seller List in May 2009. In 2006, The Killing Joke was reprinted as part of the trade paperback DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore. In 2008, DC Comics reprinted the story in a deluxe hardcover edition, which features new coloring by Bolland, with a more somber, realistic, and subdued palette than the original. Elements of The Killing Joke have inspired or been incorporated into other aspects of Batman media, such as films and video games.