According to this CBR exclusive, Warner Bros. Animation has finally confirmed that Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are reprising their roles as Bruce Wayne/Batman and The Joker for their adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke. Tara Strong will also be returning as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl while Ray Wise will take the role of Commissioner Gordon. Conroy, Hamill and Strong first played their perspective roles in the classic Batman: The Animated Series, making them, what many would consider, the iconic voices for these characters.

Conroy and Hamill have reprised their roles several times before, but it’s been quite some time since we’ve heard these two act opposite of each other. The last we’ve heard of their bat and clown together was in Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham City. Hamill retired his version of the character after Arkham City, but in 2011, Hamill stated he would be willing to return to the character in an adaptation of The Killing Joke.

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Conroy and Hamill have done great work in the batman franchise, and will most likely continue to do so here. Even after 30 years it’s hard to not find their performances entertaining, and to hear their voices in The Killing Joke will be interesting to say the least. The Killing Joke depicts a possible origin story for The Joker, alongside an attempt to prove to Commissioner Gordon that any man can be driven mad.  Now, while Batman: The Animated Series wasn’t exactly your Adam West kind of Batman, things rarely got as dark as The Killing Joke. Even the Arkham games, which are no strangers to more mature themes, haven’t stirred up the same kind of controversy. The book still receives criticism for it’s depiction of violence, particularly against Barbara Gordon, with whom The Joker shoots and paralyzes. Hearing those familiar voices from your childhood in such context might feel…jarring.

While The Killing Joke does not yet have a release date, it will make it’s premiere at Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer.

Written by Remy Williams March 16, 2016

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