After months of speculation, today it has been confirmed that both Batman: The Animated Series icons Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill will reprise their roles of Batman and the Joker in the upcoming animated adaptation of The Killing Joke! Furthermore, Hamill himself posted an image from The Killing Joke, giving us our first official look at Batman and the Joker in the film!
Comic Book Resources confirmed this amazing news earlier with their official statement from Mark Hamill in which he told the website:
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!
Alongside the two legends, fellow Batman legend Tara Strong will return to voice Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, who has a major role in the original graphic novel and Ray Wise will be the voice of Commissioner James Gordon. There is speculation that the movie might be rated R because of its dark themes and violence as the source material (the graphic novel) is very dark in nature.
Hamill took to Twitter to post the news to his followers, along with three cryptic The Killing Joke themed tweets:
Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy first worked together back in 1993 on the legendary Batman: The Animated Series and have both become so synonymous with the roles of The Joker and Batman, that they have voiced the characters alongside each other in countless other adaptations, most notably the animated follow up series's and the Batman Arkham video game trilogy which have become nearly as beloved as the animated series!
Hamill followed up The Killing Joke announcement as he posted a tweet, telling us how happy he is to once again work with his fellow Batman alumni.
There was already a lot of anticipation for The Killing Joke but now that these animated series icons will reunite to voice one of the most famous Batman stories ever written has just upped that anticipation!
Expect to see The Killing Joke released during the Summer!
Credit to: Comic Book Resources