Sep 072016

killingjoke_ani_byphaWell, well, well…either enticing the fans or teasing of things to come, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill announced that they are not done voicing Batman and Joker respectively for the Animated Universe of DC.  Here is the report by Evan Saathoff for

As everyone here likely knows, Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy have been voicing the Joker and Batman since forever, most famously during the Batman: The Animated Series run, but they probably do it a lot in their spare time as well. Recently they teamed up again for that ill-advised animated The Killing Joke movie.

And it doesn’t sound like they’re done yet. The two were on a panel together at Canada’s Fan Expo and when asked if they were ready to hang up their Batman and Joker voices, both answered with a resounding “no”, after which Conroy joked that next they might do Hush, after which Hamill suggested A Death in the Family.

While these titles were obviously lobbed around as jokes to get the audience excited, it does seem like something is brewing between these two. If it is another animated movie, neither Hush nor A Death in the Family seem outside the realm of reason. What do you think? Are there other Batman stories you’d prefer an adaptation of next? Please feel free to shout your suggestions at the first person you see!

And I have to say that thou the news are interesting, after the disappointment with the Killing Joke and his prologue plus some technical aspects of the movie makes me very cautious  of another DCAU adaptation.  If they are going to adapt a masterpiece of comic art and writing, they should have a better sense on what would work best to IMPROVE the story, not sink it. Still the idea of an animated version of DEATH IN THE FAMILY  (and who knows, maybe DEATH OF THE FAMILY…hint, hint) could be very interesting to see…

May 302016

..and we fans love him for that.

And that is because Mark Hamill, is the best known voice of the Joker in animation and video games.

He started voicing the Clown Prince of Crime in BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES (BTAS) in 1992 after the original voice actor for the role, Tim Curry, was deemed too scary for the role.  Once Hamill took the helm of the role he made him his and came to be portrayed on subsequent animated series like SUPERMAN ADVENTURES, STATIC SHOCK, and the JUSTICE LEAGUE. His haunting, maniacal, and crazed laugh is likely forever stuck in the heads and became the trademark of the character.

He even voiced the Joker in several animated movies like BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM, BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER  and the BATMAN SUPERMAN MOVIE.

Not satisfied with the animated media, Hamill made the jump to the video game industry when he was cast as the voice of the Joker first for the game BATMAN: VENGEANCE based on his BTAS character and lately for the ARKHAM ASYLUM/ ARKHAM CITY/ARKHAM KNIGHT video games series.  He also went on to voice the Clown for other animated games like DC Universe Online.

Hamill then retired but was open to return for voicing Joker in an animated adaptation of THE KILLING JOKE


…that has finally been completed and ready to hit the stores in August 2, 2016.  But that has not stopped Hamill who is supposed to return to his character once more for the Cartoon Network TV show, JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION, which will likely premiere sometime in the next year.

As Hamill has played the Joker longer than any other actor, it’s no surprise that he’s spent more than a bit of time trying to get inside the Clown Prince of Crime’s warped head. In the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, he had this to offer about arguably the most intriguing super villain of all time:

Opening quote

Joker is always frustrated because he doesn’t think of himself as a villain…He thinks of himself as an under-appreciated genius. The citizens of Gotham City don’t accord him the reverence and the acclaim he feels he deserves. I give him that theatrical impresario voice, like the Jose Ferrer character in Enter Laughing. The Joker has a flamboyance that appeals to me. He enjoys what he does so much. I just can’t quit him.

Closing quote

Of course, the most exciting bit out of this is that it would seem Hamill has no intentions of giving up the role anytime soon, which will no doubt make a lot of fans very, very happy. However, the glimpse into the Joker’s mind that he also offered fans with this quote is also quite intriguing as well.

Anyone who’s watched Hamill’s version of the Joker knows that this description fits him perfectly. He does have more of a classic criminal attitude about him than some other iterations (such as Ledger’s anarchist), but the reason he ultimately does all of the crazy things that he does is to show off his comedic, criminal genius.

(Based on original article by Zain Charkawi for OUTER PLACES which you can read HERE)
Jul 202015

Mark Hamill has his “fingers crossed” that a familiar name will appear on his Caller ID, asking the actor to take part in the upcoming animated adaptation of “The Killing Joke.”

Asked by a fan on Twitter whether he is involved in executive producer Bruce Timm’s interpretation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s classic Batman/Joker tale, the actor was in no way ambiguous in his reply: No, he is not yet involved, but he’s aware of it and want very much to be a part of the production.



Hamill famously brought the villainous character to life in Timm and Paul Dini’s classic “Batman: The Animated Series.” Since then, the actor has returned to voice the character time and again, both as a part of the various “Timm-verse” series, and in other continuities, including video games, animated films and more.

Announced by Timm at Comic-Con International, the animated adaptation will be helmed by “Gods and Monsters” director Sam Liu, and released direct to video in 2016.

“Next year we’ll be back at this table,” Timm stated during a panel for “Gods and Monsters,” implying that the feature would likewise have a Comic-Con premiere.

DC Comics later confirmed the news, further adding that it will feature an all-new prologue, designed to add to the story.


(Original article by Stephen Gerding for CBR HERE)

Aug 122012

Yeah, I thought I was going to be done with all the Joker-related video gaming from Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Harley’s Revenge, but then I have seen the trailer for the new downloadable material to play in DCU Online.  I never got into that one (though I have to admit I bought the game for all the “extra goodies” that came with it, but I don’t see myself paying monthly  to play online, especially these days.  Just don’t have the time ;ike I used to…then THE LAST LAUGH CAME BY…


It’s the Joker’s return to the DCUO, and hearing Mark Hamill voicing my favorite villain once more, just made me smile.  For those of you that need a reason to start playing  DCUO, or just want to enjoy another Hamill masterpiece.  I bring to you the IGN trailer. Have fun with this one



(Orginal video courtesy of IGN)

May 172012

dcuniverseonline_jokerwallpaperStaff writer for CBR, Steve Sunu has shared an interested piece of information for all Mark Hamill fans and Jokerholics of the world.  In a news post he reported:


Still craving Mark Hamill’s trademark Joker stylings after finishing “Batman: Arkham City?” Have no fear — “DC Universe Online” has everything covered. The Massively Multiplayer Online game based on the DC Comics universe has announced a new downloadable content pack entitled “The Last Laugh,” which sees Hamill reprise his role as the Clown Prince of Crime. Joining Hamill is Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn, who voiced the character for the entirety of “Batman: The Animated Series,” and Adam Baldwin as Superman, reprising his role in both “DCU Online” and “Superman/Doomsday.”

Here is the official press release:

The battle between heroes and villains inDC Universe™ Online (DCUO) continues as Sony Online Entertainment LLC(SOE) today announced that The Last Laugh,  the fourth downloadable content (DLC) pack for DCUO, will be available in June for download on the PC and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The Last Laugh will pit players against each other in high-intensity multiplayer brawls, feature an all-new weapon, and introduce new Light-Powered Legends PvP characters.

“We created this DLC purely for the players that like to take the fight to each other in DCUO’s amazing PvP combat,” said Jens Andersen, creative director on DC Universe Online. “Our community has continuously asked for more multiplayer action in DCUO, and we wanted to deliver content that fully meets their expectations and pushes PvP to another level. The Last Laugh is the first DLC that we’ve created that focuses almost entirely on player versus player battles, and it adds an exciting new element as some of DC’s greatest heroes and villains join to fight alongside you. Players will have even more opportunities to prove to the world whether heroes or villains will be triumphant.”

The Last Laugh will include an all-new weapon, hours of multiplayer gameplay in the Safe Houses and Headquarters, and new Legends PvP characters:

  • The Shield – Players can unleash this vicious new weapon to bash their opponents, or hurl it to take them down from a distance.
  • Safe House Battles – No one is safe now that heroes and villains can invade each other’s Safe Houses in these four on four battles.Headquarter Battles – In this two-part crusade, 16 players – eight heroes and eight villains – will face off for the ultimate player reward. At the request of Superman, heroes must take over the Hall of Doom, while villains, egged on by The Joker, will breach the Watchtower in order to create chaos.
    • Graviton Technology Recovery – Players will be tasked with unscrambling teleporter codes that The Joker has mixed into fragments. Located at the Watchtower or Hall of Doom, players must retrieve eight code fragments to successfully rebuild useable teleporter codes.
    • The Rescue – Heroes must rescue hostages, while Villains will be freeing arrested criminals from opposing Safe Houses.
    • Bomb Disposal – Thanks to The Joker, the encryption on the Email terminals has changed and can only be bypassed by the robot he provided. Players must gain control of the robot and either upload the data to their HQ or add new encryption to keep their enemies and The Joker away from it.
  • Legends Characters – Combat illuminates with the introduction of the first light-powered Legends for multiplayer combat. Players will soon have access to Kilowog, a Green Lantern, and Amon Sur, a member of the Sinestro Corps.

DCUO’s The Last Laugh DLC pack will be accessible for free for the game’s Legendary members and available for purchase for Free and Premium players via the PlayStation®Network in-game Marketplace, and on the PC via the website.

DCUO is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on behalf of DC Entertainment. For more information about DCUO, visit

About DC Universe Online Lex Luthor has traveled back through time with news of a dire future: While the heroes and villains spent years battling amongst themselves, Brainiac has been feeding on their powers, building strength to return to Earth and destroy humanity. To change the future, Lex has come back to set off a device that bestows super powers to thousands of every-day citizens and give humanity a fighting chance. Can Brainiac be stopped, or is this another nefarious Lex Luthor plot?

For the first time, players and fans will be able to enter the DC Universe as an active force for good or evil. A massively multiplayer experience, DC Universe Online delivers unparalleled high-energy, physics-powered combat that brings the player’s extraordinary powers to life.

DC Universe Online was created in the artistic vision of legendary comic book artist Jim Lee, and set within a world created by famous DC writers including Geoff Johns and Marv Wolfman.

Rated T for Teen with Mild Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes and Violence, DC Universe Online is available for PC and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. DCUO Legendary access will be available for a $14.99 monthly fee.

Here are some screen shots of the downloadable material as provided by CBR

May 072012

I had proposed this before, Mark Hamill himself said he would gladly voice his Joker one more time for such a monumental project, fans are begging to DC to do a movie based on the graphic novel the KILLING JOKE and have Hamill voice the Joker, and one group of avid fans, have started a campaign on FACEBOOK, a Petition to have Hamill voice the Joker if DC ever decides to go on with the project.

What’s left?  For DC to listen to the fans.

Please, visit them and join the petition.  Click on the link below.



Nov 182011

edge231-02Spike TV, host to the VIDEO GAMES AWARDS that recognizes the best in the video game industry, has nominated ARKHAM CITY under several categories, including one nomination for MARK HAMILL for his portrayal of JOKER in the game.  Here is a list of all the categories where the games has been nominated:

Game of the year:  ARKHAM CITY

Studio of the year:  ROCKSTEADY STUDIOS

Best Xbox 360 game:  ARKHAM CITY

Best Action/Adventure game:  ARHAM CITY


Best Original Score:  ARKHAM CITY

Best Graphics:  ARKHAM CITY


Best Performance by a Human Female: Tara Strong (Harley Quinn) Trailer of the Year:  ARKHAM CTY

The Video Games Awards air December 10, 2011 and Fans are welcomed to have their voices heard by voting now HERE

The FULL LIST OF NOMINEES for the Video Games Awards can be found HERE

Oct 262011

thekillingjokeposterToday my good friend Candiss Gandy sent me this note directly from LEGION OF GOTHAM  about a recent Mark Hamill Tweet.

Aparently, even though Mr. Hamill has said goodbye to the Joker after so many years of voicing his character that he finalized gloriously with his participation in ARKHAM ASYLUM and ARKHAM CITY, he has formalized his interest in COMING BACK to voice his iconic villain IF THEY DO AN ADAPTATION OF THE KILLING JOKE!

Here is a copy of the actual TWEET:

HamillHimselfMark Hamill

I’d come back for THAT! Spread the word! Campaign for #TheKillingJoke!! RT: @Cha_Luz #DC lets see #TheKillingJoke Mark said hed voice Joker
Friend Editors and Writers at DC COMICS and especially MR. BRUCE TIMM:
 With the upcoming 25th anniversary of the KILLING JOKE and Mr. Mark Hamill willing to come back JUST TO VOICE THAT STORY, I think you’ll have a winner here (and a no brainer).  THE KILLING JOKE became a classic the moment it was printed in the late 1980’s, and if you could revamp  UNDER THE RED HOOD and BATMAN YEAR ONE that became great success in their animated remakes, I’m possitive you can do an amazing job making THE KILLING JOKE into a direct to DVD movie.  You got the winning team.
Jokerholics of the world:
Lets unite to promote this project.  For the longest time I’ve dreamed of a ‘modenized’ version of THE KILLING JOKE on video and this might be the push that DC need to make this project reality.   I’d say we all make a united front to promote the making of the animated movie with Mr. Hamill once more at the helm of a character he knows so well and he has made a classic.

(Original news appeared in LEGIONS OF GOTHAM HERE!)

Oct 202011


With the release of ARKHAM CITY and it’s incredible (and predictable) success, Mark Hamill…the voice behind the Joker since he took the character in  1992 for Batman the Animated Series (with some exceptions like THE BATMAN animated show from WB and the direct to TV movie UNDER THE RED HOOD) bid farewell to an old friend. Here’s his latest Tweet on october 19:

“Hello/Goodbye Joker!” the Star Wars actor wrote,“I’ve enjoyed every minute behind the wheel of the  Crown Prince’s crazy car — I’m going to miss him more than I can say!!”

Though in previews tweets, he has expressed that this was Joker’s last hurrah!, but that he was not quitting as a voice actor… this leaves a very large void to fill as more DC movies in the future might decide to include the Joker as part of their cast once more.  There are are many talented actors who could leave their memorable imprint in the villain, but no one will ever take away the place that Mr. Hamill has carved himself in the history of the Batman universe.  I admit…I had hoped that Mr. Hamill would leave his characterization of Joker open for the “next perfect script” to come by, but now I understand that it is time to stand back and allow a new generation to take us to new places.

It is of this reason that I write this note.  To thank Mr. Hamill for two decades of Joker and fun chaos and mayhem.  The Jokerholics of the world bow at you and your legacy, and wish you the best in your new projects. You will always have a special place in Jokerdom…

Sep 252011
The celebrated actor Mark Hamill turned 60 years old today!

mark-hamillasjokerMark, known for his character of LUKE SKYWALKER in the STAR WARS trilogy (Episodes 4-6), disappeared from the scene after the Return of the Jedi and turned his career around by becoming a voice actor.  In this little known side of acting, Mark left memorable marks in animated films like THE SIMPSONS, and some anime shows, but he is mostly rememberd as the voice of the JOKER in BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES that ran from 1992 to 1995 and offered him a whole series of spinoffs like BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER,  and the voice  job done to BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM (2009) and the upcoming  BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY (2011)

To Mark…The staff of JOKER’S LAIR wants to wish you a wonderful birthday, full of joy, happiness and love from your loved ones and your fans.  Thank you for voicing the best villain ever all these years!!  We love you!