Killing Joke: Hamill & Conroy Confirmed


Mark Hamill officially confirms that he and Kevin Conroy will play Batman & The Joker in the upcoming Killing Joke animated film

Ever since news of of animated Killing Joke movie broke (especially with Paul Dini at the helm), fans have wanted to see Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, who have voiced Batman and his arch nemesis the Joker in various projects for the last 20+ years to be in the film. Rumors were pretty strong that they would be in the film, but nothing was really official.

Until now that is. Not only did Mark Hamill share the first look image from the Killing Joke movie you can see in the featured image above, confirming his involvement, but Comic Book Resources is reporting that Kevin Conroy as well as Tara Strong, who voiced Barbara Gordon in the Batman animated series are reprising their roles as well. Both Hamill and Conroy are thrilled to work with each other once more:

"The chance to work once again with Kevin Conroy, my favorite Batman, in what some consider the definitive origin of this iconic villain is a dream come true for me. I am beyond thrilled to return as The Joker in ‘The Killing Joke!’I’ve had the great privilege of voicing Batman for more than two decades, and some of my favorite moments in the recording booth have been alongside Mark Hamill. Mark always enables me to be a better actor. I’m thrilled that we’re both back to bring these characters to life in one of the most heralded Batman/Joker stories of all time."

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Not exactly shocking news, but with Hamill supposedly retired from the role several years ago (and currently busy with  a certain science fiction franchise) and Conroy not necessarily the go to guy for animated Batman anymore (he hasn’t played him in any of the recent DC animated films), it’s nice to get official confirmation. I don’t think those two are completely necessary for The Killing Joke to be a success, but it’s very cool that two actors so associated with these characters get to play them at least one more time together for the long-awaited adaptation of such an iconic story. We don’t have an official release date for The Killing Joke yet, but it is expected to be available on video this Summer after debuting at the San Diego Comic Con this May.