Mark Hamill's interpretation of the Joker is very nearly unanimously loved throughout the legion of Bat-fans, and for obvious reason! He's amazing in the role.
Utterly maniacal and hilarious in the Arkham games, and a nightmarish presence in my young mind way back in the animated series' reign, for me, at least, there is no animated Batman without the crazed voice of Hamill backing up the Joker.
But four years ago, the brilliant voice actor decided to hand over the mantle, and place the purple suit back in a vacuum bag, 18 years after he first voiced madness in its purest form.
Return of the Prince
But now, amidst the pre-production stage of the animated adaptation of The Killing Joke, which is arguably one of the best Batman stories ever, Hamill is back and raring to dive into the Joker's heartbreaking origin story.
In honor of this momentous occasion, artist Bosslogic has put together an homage to the graphic novel's iconic cover image, which replaces the Joker's terrifying, snarling grin for a much more creepy, and slightly disturbing take on Hamill as the Clown Prince of Crime.
Have a look:
That's mad creepy, right? I really dig how the mist and shadowy blues combine to give Hamill Joker this ethereal quality. Almost like the blue glow around the spirits of fallen Jedi perhaps?
Let's have a side by side comparison:
They're both stunning images, catching the best of the comic book world and a hyperreal setting, but still they're both creepy as hell!
Which do you prefer?
I honestly cannot wait to see The Killing Joke, with Bruce Timm and Mark Hamill involved, we're sure to be in for an absolute treat!
What do you think?