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For many, Mark Hamill is the quintessential Joker. He has become inextricable from the role - which is now arguably as iconic as his work as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars). Some have even suggested that he could one day make his way into the white makeup and purple suit in live-action. Now, with a Joker origin movie on the way, Batman legend Kevin Conroy seems to think that project is a perfect opportunity for Hamill to bring his Joker in front of the cameras. The Dark Knight voice actor addressed this possibility while promoting the release of Batman and Harley Quinn, saying:
I think that will be a really interesting film. There is an episode of Batman: The Animated Series which dealt with that and told that story. It's really interesting. I had not heard they were doing a film version of it but I hope that Mark [Hamill] gets it!
As noted by Kevin Conroy: Mark Hamill has delved into the origin of Joker before. The character took ample inspiration from the "Jack Napier" origin in Batman: The Animated Series, and he has also provided his voice for the character in last year's adaptation of Alan Moore's The Killing Joke. Hamill pretty much knows the character inside and out at this point, so by Conroy's assessment, why not let him take a crack one of the more interesting Joker movies on the horizon?
Although Mark Hamill has primarily become known for his voice work as the legendary DC villain, he has proven that he has what it takes to step into the role in a live-action capacity. The actor has played Flash villain The Trickster on and off since the 1990s, and he even recently reprised the role as an Earth-3 version of the character -- who seems to share a striking resemblance with everyone's favorite clown-themed baddie.
As much as we love what Kevin Conroy had to say to HeyUGuys about this possibility, it remains to be seen whether or not Mark Hamill's flamboyant and theatrical Joker is the type of direction that Todd Phillips' Joker origin movie will require. All of the rumors associated with the project have suggested something with a more grounded and gritty atmosphere than the current DCEU, which could potentially indicate something more in-line with Heath Ledger's now iconic Joker from The Dark Knight. At this point, we will just have to wait and see what happens.
CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to the future of The Joker (in all of his forms) as new details become available to us. For now, take a look at our comprehensive movie premiere guide and check out Batman and Harley Quinn on Digital HD, DVD, and Blu-ray.