Mark Hammil, who is known to everybody as the beloved Luke Skywalker from the (real) “Star Wars” trilogy and The Joker from the hit 1992 “Batman: The Animated Series”, has just announced that he will be retiring as the voice of The Joker following the release of the hit game, “Batman: Arkham City”.
Hammil has solidified his decision in a Tweet this week stating:
Hello/Goodbye Joker! I’ve enjoyed every minute behind the wheel of the [Clown] Prince’s crazy car – I’m going to miss him more than I can say!!
We all will miss Mark’s incredible voice talent as the Clown Prince of Crime but Hammil is doing something that most actors tend not to do…go out while they are still on top. Now that “Batman: Arkham City” has topped over 4.5 million copies sold, you really can’t be any higher.
There is still a slight chance we may hear Hammil’s Joker again and according to another one of his Tweets, if DC or Warner Bros. decides to make Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke” an animated feature, he would happily return for the project. With a classic story like “The Killing Joke”, I can’t imagine it NOT being brought back as an animated feature.