Arkham Asylum: Hamill never expected to voice Joker again

Tuesday, 5th January 2010 17:39 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Mark Hamill has said that after playing The Joker in the Batman animated series from 1992-2004, he never expected to play the insane villain again – until he was asked to do Arkham Asylum.

The choice of Kevin Conroy as Batman and Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn in the latest Batman title convinced him to sign on, said the Star Wars legend.

“I played Joker from 1992-2004 in all the animated versions, including the feature films,” he told PCZone. “I stopped in 2004 and didn’t expect to return to him, so when they asked me to come back I was curious. I thought this will be one last chance to play Joker, and it was so much fun to play a character who is clearly insane.

“Joker is endearing because he’s so committed to what he considers his own genius. There’s a real symbiotic relationship with Batman. I don’t know if there are two fictional characters more perfectly suited to one another. Maybe Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. He takes such glee in what he does. It’s absurd on its face – you can’t bring too much real-life logic to it, but within the comic book world, he towers above so many other run-of-the mill villains.”

A sequel to Arkham Asylum was announced at Spike’s 2009 VGA show back in December.

The rest of the interview is through the link, and it’s a very interesting read.



  1. Digital Forge

    He does a dam fine job at voicing him too, the whole game had great voice work but the Joker’s and Harley’s really stood out for me.

    Really glad to see he’ll be on board for the sequel.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. yacaman

    He has the best Joker voice in my opinion and really gives joker that almost funny yet completely psychotic laugh.
    Great job man. The Force is strong in this one.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. NiceFellow

    Best voice work in any game in 2009 IMHO.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Eregol

    I wont doubt that Hamill is fantastic as the Joker. That is plain for anyone to see, but for voice work Nolan North as Nathan Drake is my choice.
    Yes the guy is everywhere (he was even Sigmund in Ratchet and Clank : A Crack in Time for fuck’s sake) but there’s no denying he is stellar as Nate.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. fdelfino

    if only the movie was as good as the game…

    #5 5 years ago
  6. DarkElfa

    Too bad they didn’t use him in TDK. Heath was good but Hamill would have been epic.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. MasterChiefFenix

    i didn’t know luke skywalker did that voice. awesome.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight


    How old are you? 10?

    #8 5 years ago

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