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Mark Hamill Doubles Down on Joker Retirement After Death of ‘His’ Batman Kevin Conroy

Mark Hamill Doubles Down on Joker Retirement After Death of ‘His’ Batman Kevin Conroy

Mark Hamill has voiced Joker in a slew of Batman projects since the 90s, but he has no plan to return to the iconic role. A little over a year ago, we lost Kevin Conroy, the brilliant voice behind Bruce Wayne in Batman: The Animated Series, and numerous other projects alongside Hamill’s Joker. Conroy’s passing at the age of 66 deeply impacted Hamill. The actor expressed that he couldn’t envision reprising his role as the Joker without Conroy’s Batman.

Even now, Hamill remains steadfast in this sentiment. According to a tweet from Culture Crave, Hamill revealed during a Q&A at Fan EXPO San Francisco that he would only lend his voice to the role if he could work alongside Kevin Conroy’s Batman. Hamill also referenced the iconic Joker quote, “Without Batman, crime has no punchline.”

Mark Hamill Would Only Take Joker Voice Roles Alongside Kevin Conroy’s Batman

Mark Hamill elaborated on the potential of returning as the Joker in an interview with Empire Magazine earlier this year. He had already considered stepping back from the role before Conroy’s passing. He agreed to return only if his Batman: The Animated Series co-star reprised his role as Bruce Wayne. However, since this possibility no longer exists, Hamill is confident in his decision to retire from voicing the Clown Prince of Crime.

“They would call and say, ‘They want you to do the Joker,’ and my only question was, ‘Is Kevin Batman?’ If they said yes, I would say, ‘I’m in,’” Hamill explained. “We were like partners. We were like Laurel and Hardy. Without Kevin there, there doesn’t seem to be a Batman for me.”

Hamill’s portrayal of Joker has long been held as the gold standard for the character. Many fans hold Hamill’s take above icons such as Jack Nicholson. Batman fans in particular cite the prolific voice actor’s Joker laugh as the best of the best.

Conroy has one final portrayal of Batman in store for fans, which was recorded before his passing. His rendition of Batman will be featured in the highly anticipated video game Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. A trailer has provided a glimpse of Conroy’s posthumous performance, leaving fans excited. It remains uncertain whether the Joker will appear in the game, and if Hamill will voice the character. The game is set to be released on February 2, 2024.