Throughout the years, we've had many iterations of Batman over numerous platforms of entertainment. Who can forget Adam West? Or Michael Keaton? How about the new action-heavy Ben Affleck version, or Kevin Conroy's iconic voice of the Bat in the animated series?
With Batman comes his notable nemesis, the Joker, which has been a character with many successes and failures over the many iterations. Up on the top of the list, aside Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight, is Mark Hamill (yeah, that Skywalker guy), who voiced the Joker in animated series as well as the Arkham games.
On Mark Hamill's new show, Mark Hamill's Pop Culture Quest, Polygon spoke to him about his thoughts on Jared Leto's latest portrayal of the signature villain from Suicide Squad. Leto's incarnation has had negative-to-mixed reviews since the film's August debut, but now we have a true beloved Joker to share his thoughts on the matter.
According to Polygon, Hamill loved Leto's Joker and he hasn't yet seen a terrible incarnation of the character.
"Everyone brings a different spin to the character and you have to look at each script separately. I don't think there's a definitive version of the Joker and I don't think there can be. It's like Hamlet, really. It'll be constantly redefined."
Mark Hamill hasn't worked exclusively with DC. He actually lent his voice to the Marvel Super Hero Squad Show as Red Skull, as well as Arnim Zola in the Ultimate-Spider-Man animated series. But between the two, he has a clear favorite.
"I've always given the edge to DC. I started buying DC comic books during a really whimsical age in the publisher's time and I was really drawn to that. DC, I mean really, I just discovered it first. Don't get me wrong, I love Marvel. By the time Marvel made an impact on me, I loved it because it was so irreverent and had this mocking attitude that made DC look like boy scouts. I love them both, but there's something about your first love that always feels a little more intimate and special."
Hamill has an admirable approach on the subject, that the contrast between Marvel and DC doesn't have to be the contrast between good and evil. You can like them both, and it's fine if you have a favorite. One doesn't have to be leaps and bounds over the other as some might have you think.
Mark Hamill is set to return to The Flash television show, and will continue his legacy as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VIII. With every single project that he works on, he reminds all of us why he is such a beloved icon in geek culture, and I can't wait to see him return to both The Joker and Luke Skywalker for years to come.
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What did you think of Jared Leto's Joker?