Although he’s most famous for playing the lead role in the original Star Wars trilogy, Mark Hamill has an impressive voice acting career, most notably with his portrayal of the iconic Batman villain the Joker. He’s played the Joker for decades, starting with Batman: The Animated Series back in 1992. However, Hamill recently said that he is probably done with voicing the Joker now that Batman actor Kevin Conroy has passed away. As he told Empire Magazine:
"They would call and say, ‘They want you to do the Joker,’ and my only question was, ‘Is Kevin Batman?’ If they said yes, I would say, ‘I’m in.’ We were like partners. We were like Laurel and Hardy. Without Kevin there, there doesn’t seem to be a Batman for me."
The Joker and Batman have perhaps the most iconic hero and villain dynamic in comic book history, and Hamill and Conroy delivered stellar voice acting performances opposite each other for years. In addition to Batman: The Animated Series, some of their best-known work includes the Arkham video games and 2016s The Killing Joke movie.
Batman actor Kevin Conroy died of cancer last year
Conroy died after a fight with cancer last November at the age of 66. Conroy was a working actor but remains best known as the voice of the Caped Crusader.
Although it’s sad we probably won’t get to hear Hamill’s chaotic portrayal of the Joker in future projects, it is understandable and touching he doesn’t want to do it without Conroy.