Star Wars legend Mark Hamill has voiced Joker since 1992's Batman: The Animated Series, periodically returning to voice the character throughout the years. Now, after DC and Warner Bros. released a trailer for Joaquin Phoenix's new Joker film, Hamill has tweeted his own response.
Hamill praised the film, writing, "A diabolically delicious character + a superb actor + a brilliant writer/director = YES PLEASE!!!" He also added an emoji of a Joker playing card.
A diabolically delicious character + a superb actor + a brilliant writer/director =— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 3, 2019
YES PLEASE!!! 🃏 https://t.co/Idu7dy8Jdm
The Joker seen in the Todd Phillips film isn't quite the same version that Hamill is known for. In the movie, Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian turned supervillain. Hamill, on the other hand, has provided his voice for various incarnations, never donning the make-up himself.
Although the Joker never had a confirmed origin story in the comics, fans tend to gravitate towards Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke as the most accepted version. The Killing Joke served as inspiration for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight in 2008, a movie that featured another fan-favorite Joker performance from the late Heath Ledger. Philips' new movie also seems to borrow from The Killing Joke, giving Arthur Fleck a similar backstory that the book's "Jack Napier" had.
Although Hamill claims to be done with the role he has played for so long, he has repeatedly come back to voice the iconic villain, including in 2016's animated take on The Killing Joke. Most recently, he voiced the infamous Clown Prince of Crime in 2018's LEGO DC Supervillains, where he also provided the voice for the Trickster.
Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham. The film arrives in theaters Oct. 4.