Most people know Mark Hamill as the Luke Skywalker, but comic geeks know that he has also been the voice of Joker for over a decade. His voice can be found elsewhere, beyond the Batman universe, like the Watcher in Darksiders; yet for many of us, Hamill is the Joker, just like Kevin Conroy is the Batman.
Imagine the excitement when everyone learned that he and Conroy would be in Arkham Asylum, then disappointment when Hamill announced that AA would be his final "appearance" as Joker. Horrible, but not the end of the world.
In an interview, Hamill promised to return for Arkham Asylum 2 (still no official name), despite his original plans to drop the Joker role after the first game.
"When they said, 'We want you to come back [to the role of The Joker] and do Arkham,' I said the same; 'I left on a high note, I don't think we could ever top that.' But they said, 'We got Paul Dini,' who was my favourite ever Joker writer, 'and Kevin Conroy,' who I love. This was a real reunion and a very pleasant experience. So of course I relented, but I had no idea it would have the impact it did."
He jokes that the studio originally misconstrued his initial reluctance as a pay issue, which obviously wasn't the case. Yet Rocksteady and Warner Bros. eventually succeeded in convincing Hamill to return for another round. How did they manage this if money wasn't the problem? Apparently, Arkham Asylum 2 is too epic to walk away from.
"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!"
But Hamill insists this his last time as Batman's greatest adversary, for serious. Some fans have speculated around this fact, suggesting that the Joker could meet his end in the second AA.
"This will be my last, there's no question about that. But it's the last hurrah."