To a lot of fans, if you ask them who is their favorite Joker, both live action and animated, they wouldn’t hesitate to say Mark Hamill. He began voicing The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, and had since then played The Joker in other Batman TV series, movies, and video games. Naturally, in an interview with Polygon, he was asked about Jared Leto’s Joker performance in the latest DC Comics film, Suicide Squad.
Hamill told Polygon that he loved Leto’s performance, and that he’s never seen a Joker yet that’s made him say, “that was terrible.” He goes on to explain that the key to enjoying different iterations of the character was to look for what that version needed to be in that moment. He said this to further explain
“Jack Nicholson’s Joker was very different from Heath Ledger’s simply because it had to be.”
Hamill said this to say regarding Leto’s Joker
“Everyone brings a different spin to the character and you have to look at each script separately,” Hamill said. “I don’t think there’s a definitive version of the Joker and I don’t think there can be. It’s like Hamlet, really. It’ll be constantly redefined.”
And he also had this to say in relation to fans discussing Zack Snyder’s DCEU films
“If you don’t approve of Zack Snyder’s vision then you’re kind of stuck because he’s in the driver’s seat,”
Hamill has yet to give his opinion on the live-action DC Comics films like Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, or Suicide Squad.