Yes, it’s official: Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill will reprise their roles as the voice actors of Batman and The Joker in the upcoming animated adaptation of the DC Comics story The Killing Joke. The duo previously worked together in Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995) as well as in numerous video games and animations and Hamill (Luke Skywalker, for those who don’t know) shared his excitement to CBR News:
“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!”
So did Conroy:
“I’ve had the great privilege of voicing Batman for more than two decades, and some of my favorite moments in the recording booth have been alongside Mark Hamill. Mark always enables me to be a better actor. I’m thrilled that we’re both back to bring these characters to life in one of the most heralded Batman/Joker stories of all time.”
Published in 1988, The Killing Joke is one of the most famous Batman stories ever, as well as one of the most controversial ones because of the extreme violence against Barbara Gordon (voiced by Tara Strong). In fact, Warner Bros. animation producer James Tucker recently stated that “they could make it an R [rating] for “Killing Joke”.
There has been no official statement on the release date yet, however, Warner Bros. will host the world premiere at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.