Mark Hamill's Days as Arkham Asylum Joker Numbered

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Mark Hamill's Days as Arkham Asylum Joker Numbered

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According to Mark Hamill, Arkham Asylum 2 will include the last appearance of the Joker as we know him.

Mark Hamill is best known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films, but his second most popular role is likely as voice of the Joker in various Batman properties, beginning with the damn good Batman animated series of 1992-1995. Most recently, he did his Joker thing again in Batman: Arkham Asylum for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, and will be reprising his role in the game's 2011 sequel. The thing is, it might be his final go at the last-laughing psychopath.

Speaking of Arkham Asylum 2, Hamill told IGN: "This will be my last, there's no question about that. But it's the last hurrah." It seems impossible that the Joker could somehow be killed, even if the he ended up in an exploding helicopter or thrown off of a cliff (he's got a tendency to come back from anything), but it's a possibility. The truth behind Hamill's statement is that he has a great deal of respect for the Joker and wants to make sure any performance ends on a good note.

Hamill was reluctant to even come back for Arkham Asylum 2, believing that he and developer Rocksteady were "never going to be able to top the original." Still, he says: "I got on the phone with Rocksteady and they really reassured me and told me what they were going to do with the sequel. But I'm sworn to secrecy!" This appears to be an indication that Rocksteady is holding itself to the same level of quality that it had with the first game, which according to Hamill "did something like $562 million [in sales]."

With those kinds of numbers, it's a sure bet that Arkham Asylum 3 will come along if the sequel doesn't tank horribly, but without the Joker. It'd be possible to do it without Hamill, but it just wouldn't feel right. Batman has a huge roster of villains that Rocksteady could look to in the future, though none are quite on the level of ol' green hair. Except, perhaps, for the Penguin and his amazing arsenal of umbrellas. I hear one can shoot smoke.

Source: IGN

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Going on a bit of a tangent here, but how come in the new batman films batman "left" his mentor to die, but he rescued a psychotic madman that he had no previous affiliation to?

That's quite sad.
I mean, it was to be expected but it's still a damn shame.

Captain Pancake:
Going on a bit of a tangent here, but how come in the new batman films batman "left" his mentor to die, but he rescued a psychotic madman that he had no previous affiliation to?

Poor writing.
Easy as that.

They will probably just give the Riddler a bigger role instead.

(Our Hugo Strange =P)

Edit: For those that don't know, the Batman villian Hugo Strange was my avatar for over half a year.

If anything, I respect Hamill immensely. He got horribly type cast after Star Wars ended and I think his true calling is voice acting. He's fucking brilliant at it. It'll be a shame to see him leave.

LiquidGrape:

Captain Pancake:
Going on a bit of a tangent here, but how come in the new batman films batman "left" his mentor to die, but he rescued a psychotic madman that he had no previous affiliation to?

Poor writing.
Easy as that.

No, *Starts Batman voice* "Because the Joker cannot win." *Ends Batman voice*

The Joker won't disappear but Hamill could be quitting. I will miss Mark, but I hope the Joker stays around for a good long time.

Well this is very sad,I have great for the Joker's character(he's so well made and just the perfect villain for batman)and those involved with his creation it's a sad day when that madman will leave are lives for good.

LiquidGrape:

Captain Pancake:
Going on a bit of a tangent here, but how come in the new batman films batman "left" his mentor to die, but he rescued a psychotic madman that he had no previous affiliation to?

Poor writing.
Easy as that.

The way I interpreted it Ra'as('s?) own machinations killed him whereas batman kicked the joker out of a window himself.

OT: It's a shame since he always did a bad-ass joker voice.

That's a damn shame. Hamill will always be my favorite Joker. Anytime I read Joker in the comics, I hear him in Mark Hamill's voice.

Captain Pancake:
Going on a bit of a tangent here, but how come in the new batman films batman "left" his mentor to die, but he rescued a psychotic madman that he had no previous affiliation to?

He didn't leave his mentor to die unless you are talking about him leaving him in the Metro car to die in the crash.
Batman DOES NOT KILL that is one of his things. It is not bad writing like the first person to quote you said. If Ras wanted to save himself he could have he had that ability. Bruce just decided to do nothing in his way to save him by no means that he killed him.

He "saved" the Joker because he would have just killed him when Batman doesn't really ever kill anyone. If he had left the joker to completely just drop to his death then he would of gone against his own code.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Dammit Mark Hamill's Joker was the whole reason I played through Arkham Asylum in the first place, it sure as hell wasn't for that lame ass Killer Croc, talk about a massive let down.

Captain Pancake:
Going on a bit of a tangent here, but how come in the new batman films batman "left" his mentor to die, but he rescued a psychotic madman that he had no previous affiliation to?

i wouldn't say he left him to die. i mean he stopped him falling of a cliff then took him to a villager who appeared to take care of him.

Hamill is a brilliant voice actor - there's actually a number of actors with only moderate success in live ventures who are just awesome when it comes to voicing animated characters (Patrick Warburton, aka the Tick, immediately comes to mind after Hamill). None of them get the recognition/accolades they deserve for this work - basically, they're invisible.

Is Hamil leaving voice acting or just no longer doing the joker?

God I hope they pull this one off. The previous game was damn blockbuster. Totally loved it without a doubt. Best batman game evuuuur!

That'll be a shame. As far as I'm concerned Hamill is the Joker, everyone else is a pale imitation. ...except maybe for Jack Nickleson.
Now before all you Heth Ledger fans jump down my throat, let me qualify that statement by saying that I did think Heth Ledger's performance was brilliant, magnificent even; I'd personally give him an Oscar for it if it were up to me. Wait, didn't he get an Oscar for it? I don't know. Anyway, despite that though, it just didn't feel like the Joker to me.

Well, at least he will be back at least once more. Hoping secpond one will be as kick as as first

Daystar Clarion:
If anything, I respect Hamill immensely. He got horribly type cast after Star Wars ended and I think his true calling is voice acting. He's fucking brilliant at it. It'll be a shame to see him leave.

Have you heard his performance for World War Z (the audio book)? It's fantastic.

I hope he continues to work in the voice acting field. I am always amazed when I see the credits and he is in them. I can never tell it's him unless I know it beforehand. He has a wonderful range of voices.

Ah well, I can understand his reasons.

And frankly, I was hoping Rocksteady could focus on more main villains(like Ra's Al Ghul) rather than using the joker to death, like so many Batman plots...

Without Mark, there is no Joker, at least not outside of the written page. No one can get that crazy laugh like he can. I'm sad that he'll be done after this, but we all knew that eventually he'd call it a day. Fairwell, best Joker ever.

I'm confuzzled... Hamill's statement is somewhat ambiguous. Does he mean he simply won't reprise his role as Joker in any possible future AA games, or will AA2 be his last appearance as the Joker in any kind of media? The latter just doesn't make sense to me, seeing how Paul Dini is neither dead nor retired and Hamill's Joker is pretty much Dini's Joker.

I hope the sequel is longer. It took me 6 hours to beat that game and I spend 60 bucks on it

Ok this sounded a lot worse in your twitter post but on reading it I understand where Mark Hamill is coming from and if Rocksteady were able to get him on board for the second game you just know that its going to be a good one, better than the first? only time will tell // I'm just hoping that if they do end it in a way that the Joker can not come back they leave it at that

No other Villain that Batman has faced can match the Joker in anyway so even if the games does make another 1/2 a billion dollars for Rocksteady they let it lye and move on to something new

-M

I love the Joker, but like others have stated I fear he is often done to death and as a result there are a lot of mediocre Joker stories. I have no problem with other foes appearing. Even a new one.

I'm sad at the news that this might be Hamill's last Joker, but at the same time I know he deserves to finish with it.

I think I speak for every batman fan when I say that no one, before or after, has ever or will ever top Marky boy.

I could have sworn that Mark Hamill said that AA was the last time he would be the Joker.

An animated Joker without Mark Hamill is like peanut butter without peanuts.

I hope he goes out with a bang in Arkham Asylum 2.

canadamus_prime:
That'll be a shame. As far as I'm concerned Hamill is the Joker, everyone else is a pale imitation. ...except maybe for Jack Nickleson.
Now before all you Heth Ledger fans jump down my throat, let me qualify that statement by saying that I did think Heth Ledger's performance was brilliant, magnificent even; I'd personally give him an Oscar for it if it were up to me. Wait, didn't he get an Oscar for it? I don't know. Anyway, despite that though, it just didn't feel like the Joker to me.

to be honest, Ledger's Joker didnt feel like the psychotic prankster we have had for so long, instead he just felt like another psychopathic murderer.

still a good incarnation of the Joker, mind you, but the Joker's insanity is waht to me, makes the Joker, and it will be a sad day when we no longer hear Mr. Hamill's laugh while staring at the Jokers smile:

Well crap, he was a really good Joker... I hope the next guy doesent screw it up

Just ditch the Joker. Let Two Face be the big bad. It works in the comics and it will work here.

We all knew this day was coming. He's been fantastic, but we all knew he couldn't be our Joker forever...

Rocksteady just better make AA2 better than the original to honor our joker, and make his last lines one that will remain in our minds forever

No one will ever top Hamill's performance as the Joker and its because anyone else who plays the Joker will be attempting to mimic Hamill.(I'm speaking in terms of voice actors mind you) I would certainly hope that come Arkham 2 we see more of the Joker as a prominent figure as opposed to being the man behind the scenes directing the madness.

I need to play Arkham Asylum again...where did I put that case...

Kalezian:

canadamus_prime:
That'll be a shame. As far as I'm concerned Hamill is the Joker, everyone else is a pale imitation. ...except maybe for Jack Nickleson.
Now before all you Heth Ledger fans jump down my throat, let me qualify that statement by saying that I did think Heth Ledger's performance was brilliant, magnificent even; I'd personally give him an Oscar for it if it were up to me. Wait, didn't he get an Oscar for it? I don't know. Anyway, despite that though, it just didn't feel like the Joker to me.

to be honest, Ledger's Joker didnt feel like the psychotic prankster we have had for so long, instead he just felt like another psychopathic murderer.

still a good incarnation of the Joker, mind you, but the Joker's insanity is waht to me, makes the Joker, and it will be a sad day when we no longer hear Mr. Hamill's laugh while staring at the Jokers smile:

Ooooooooooh, that laugh sends chills down my spine; and I wouldn't have it any other way.
I'm going to miss that laugh.

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