When it comes to the voice of infamous Batman villain The Joker in animated series, video games, and even things like toys and other merchandise, there is simply no one better than Mark Hamill.
The man best known for playing Luke Skywalker in the original (and only, to some) Star Wars trilogy has also handled the voice of the colorful Joker on the Batman and Superman animated series, The New Batman Adventures, more comical shows like Robot Chicken, and of course, in the highly-popular 2008 video game, Batman: Arkham Asylum.
With that game going on to make an insane $562 million, a sequel was guaranteed and pretty much went directly into production on Batman: Arkham Asylum 2, already delivering a teaser trailer this past December (Read: Video Game Awards “˜09: “˜Batman: Arkham Asylum 2″² Trailer). But according to reports, Mr. Hamill himself was not so guaranteed.
While speaking to IGN at the Cannes Film Festival about The Black Pearl, his comic book for which he just announced intentions of directing a movie adaptation of himself, Hamill was asked about Arkham Asylum 2.
My answer to [developers Rocksteady] for the sequel was, ‘Guys, we’re never going to be able to top the original.’ It was so claustrophobic. There were so many abilities like the stealth mode, and all those things you can do with the new technology. I wanted to be able to say I’d gone out on a high note.
Of course Rocksteady Games found a way to lure him back anyway, though he can’t share how they really did so, saying “I got on the phone with Rocksteady and they really reassured me and told me what they were going to do with the sequel. But I’m sworn to secrecy!”
Hamill went on from there and made it very clear that though they won him back this time, it would indeed be the last time he did The Joker. “This will be my last, there’s no question about that. But it’s the last hurrah,” the actor stated.
Though Hamill seems pretty adamant about this decision, there’s no doubt fans will demand his return to the role if anything ever calls for it again. Sometimes you’re just born to do something, and Mark Hamill will always be the voice of The Joker to many fanboys all over the world.