The Killing Joke movie is really happening. It's rated "R." It features BOTH Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill in their iconic roles. This is all so fantastic. Here, just look:
My excitement is palpable, and it stems from the fact that I am a child born in the 80s and raised in the 90s. Like most children of the 90s, Batman: The Animated Series is the Batman world I most connect with. I'm sure many of you can relate.
So, the chance to hear the great Mark Hamill once again voice the even greater Joker, in what is generally considered that character's ultimate story (despite Alan Moore's — let's face it — impotent protestations), is an opportunity I have no intention of letting slip by; it'll be great. There's no doubt about it. And yet...
Once upon a time, way back in April of 2009, a gentleman by the name of Patrick Girts (a.k.a. Pgirts) released a YouTube video, in which he depicted his own auditory rendition of The Joker's famous "One Bad Day..." speech, set to the still image — and vocal stylings — of one very particular version of said character:
Watch that again, as I have, many times over. Patrick crushes it. He absolutely kills his rendition of Mark Hamill's rendition of the Joker. It's awesome.
And pretty soon, Mark Hamill will absolutely kill his own rendition of Mark Hamill's Joker giving the "One Bad Day..." speech, as he rightly should. But until that moment — which will be over seven years later, in July of 2016 — let's all take a moment to both acknowledge and celebrate one Mr. Patrick Girts' contribution to The Joker's web relevance and impact. You held down the fort, good sir, and we all salute you for your service.
Though the king is about to justly take his throne, that throne's internet steward deserves some legitimate shine before this occurs. For Batman fans, Pgirts was like our own personal Denethor, whether we were aware of him or not, only not completely lame.
So an outright kudos is quite the order to the man on his way out the door, wouldn't you agree?