As if hearing the announcement that WB's next animated movie will be The Killing Joke wasn't enough to get fans excited, Collider just confirmed that Mark Hamill will return to voice The Joker for the movie.
Hamill became, in most fans minds, "the official voice" of the Joker due to his amazing performance voicing the character for Batman: The Animated Series and numerous other shows and video games for 19 years, officially retiring from the role in 2011.
However, when Warner Bros. Animation announced that they were adapting Alan Moore's classic 1988, one-shot graphic novel, The Killing Joke, it was a project that Hamill could not refuse— In fact, he took to Twitter to lobby for the part. Thankfully, WB took him up on his offer.
Considered one of the greatest Joker stories of all time, The Killing Joke tells the joker's origin story, depicting him as a down and out comedian, who joins a gang of thieves to make a big score, in order to provide for his pregnant wife. Of course, things go very wrong when the caped crusader shows up to stop the thieves, accidentally causing the unnamed comedian to fall into a vat of chemicals, to emerge as the insane Clown Prince of Crime.
The story skillfully weaves between past and present, as the Joker wrecks havoc on Gotham once again, kidnapping Commissioner Gordon and shooting his daughter Barbara Gordon (who is also Batgirl), leaving her paralyzed from the waist down— The Joker's ultimate goal; to drive the Commissioner as insane as he is.
Now that Hamill is back as the Joker, it's likely that fan favorite Kevin Conroy will be back to voice Batman/Bruce Wayne. Conroy is considered "the official voice" of Batman to many fans. In fact when asked in a recent interview with Comicbook.com, if Conroy would consider coming out of retirement to voice Batman for the project he replied:
"Oh, God! Are you kidding me? I'd do it in a heartbeat. I love working with him [Hamill]. I couldn't believe when they killed off The Joker. I would love to do it, and I hope that that happens."
There are numerous online petitions and even a Facebook page dedicated to making it happen.
The Killing Joke is in development and slated to be released in 2016.