Last year at San Diego Comic-Con, Bruce Timm (Batman: the Animated Series, Justice League: Unlimited) announced that an animated adapation of the famous Alan Moore storyline “The Killing Joke” was happening as one of the upcoming new DC anmiated films from Warner Bros. Animation. The story, which tells us the origin of Batman’s most famous antagonist, The Joker, is a storyline that Mark Hamill, who has voiced this beloved characters several times, been wanting to do for a long time.
It has been speculated and rumored for a while that Hamill would be reprising the role for this animated film, but the secret is finally out. Comic Book Resources confirmed today that not only is Hamill returning to voice The Joker again, but that his personal Batman, Kevin Conroy will also be back to voice The Dark Knight once more. Hamill talked about his excitement to work with Conroy in a statement to CBR.
“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!’”
Conroy also talked about getting to portray Batman again and what it is like to get to bring his voice into one of the most famous storylines in the Batman mythology.
“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.”
CBR also revealed that former Harley Quinn voice actress, Tara Strong, will be voicing Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl while her father Commissioner Gordon will be voiced by Agent Carter’s Ray Wise. Hamill also tweeted out the first official photo featuring him and Conroy as The Joker and Batman respectively from the film, which you can see below.
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
No release date has been announced yet for Batman: The Killing Joke, it will be screened at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con until it arrives on Blu-Ray/DVD later in the summer.
Source: Comic Book Resources