Mark Hamill is largely known for two roles, Luke Skywalker and the Joker. Whenever the Joker makes a new animated (or video game) appearance, right away people state that Hamill is the only person that should do the job. Recently when Joker appeared on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, people were pretty clear on what they thought of someone else playing the Joker.
Mark Hamill played the Joker from 1992 to 2004. He's returned to the character for numerous products. He will once again give life to the Joker in the upcoming video game, Batman: Arkham Asylum 2. But will that be his last time?
In an interview with IGN, Hamill talks about how he was hesitant to return for the sequel, thinking they wouldn't be able to top the original. He wanted to go out "on a high note." One interesting comment he made leaves you to wonder if this will be his last time performing as the Joker.
"This will be my last, there's no question about that. But it's the last hurrah."
Does he mean this will be his last time voicing the Joker for a video game or the last time he will voice the Joker period?
As much as I love Hamill's Joker, I don't feel he's the only one that should voice him. I don't go into a rage like some do if it's announced that someone else will provide their interpretation. I do enjoy Jeff Bennett's version on Brave and the Bold and I cannot wait to hear John DiMaggio's take on Batman: Under The Red Hood. I don't understand when people refuse to give anyone else a chance. It would be like saying no comics should be drawn unless your favorite artist drew it.
When it comes to the business side of these projects, there are lots of factors to consider. With Brave and the Bold, maybe Hamill simply didn't want to or couldn't commit to the Joker's few appearances. Perhaps it was a matter of trying to keep the two franchises separate. Kevin Conroy has made several appearances on the show, but as characters other than Batman (as Phantom Stranger and the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh). Hamill has been on the show twice though as the voice of the Spectre.
I can understand if Hamill wants to stop doing the Joker. As he said, it would be nice to go out on a high note. It's good to know that he has such respect for the character and isn't simply willing to jump into the role as long as he gets paid for it. Fans may have no choice but to accept someone else as the Joker.