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Mark Hamill’s Last Laugh

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From IGN, Mark Hamill discusses voicing the Joker in the Batman: Arkham Asylum sequel:

But with The Joker forming such a large part of his acting career, it
seems Hamill took some convincing to sign on for the sequel. “My answer
to [developers Rocksteady]for the sequel was, ‘Guys, we’re never going
to be able to top the original.’ It was so claustrophobic. There were so
many abilities like the stealth mode, and all those things you can do
with the new technology. I wanted to be able to say I’d gone out on a
high note.”


So what changed his mind? “I got on the phone with Rocksteady and they
really reassured me and told me what they were going to do with the
sequel. But I’m sworn to secrecy!”

Nevertheless, there’s plenty to be gauged from his final remarks,
certainly about the fate of The Joker in this second part. “This will be
my last, there’s no question about that. But it’s the last hurrah.”

Mark Hamill is done voicing the Joker — a sad day for nerd-kind. Still, like he said, if he’s done, there probably won’t be a better way to go out than Arkham Asylum 2. Unless, you know, he wants to bomb an amusement park with Joker gas or something.

Ed’s Note: You may have noticed that TR updates have NOT gone back to normal. Suffice to say my internet connection is not fixed yet. Today wlil be wonky but maybe tomorrow things won’t suck? Maybe?

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