Both Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are reprising their roles as Batman and Joker once more for Warner Brothers Animation’s representation of Batman: The Killing Joke. The first time that they voiced acted together as Batman and Joker was in “Batman: The Animated Series” back in 1992, and ever since they have been the staple for Batman and Joker.
Tara Strong will also be in the title, voice acting as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl. Strong is no stranger working along side Conroy and Hamill, as she voiced the iconic Harley Quin in Batman: The Animated Series, Injustice: Gods Among Us, the “Arkham” series as well as LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.
Ray Wise will be voicing Commissioner Gordon in Batman: The Killing Joke. Ray has been in a few titles, best known for his rolls in TV shows such as Twin Peaks, Reaper, Agent Carter and Mad Men. Wise has also voiced Perry White in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie Superman: Doomsday.
Hamill has said on an interview with Comic Book Resources that “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!'”
In the same interview, Conroy said “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.”
The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore, stands out because it came out during the late 80’s where dark superhero comics were not the norm and has the title has had a lasting impact on the Jokers origin as the Red Hood.
A released date has not been announced yet, but Warner Bros will be hosting a world premiere at San Diego Comic Con this summer.