It was truly an honor to be entrusted to play the character in the original Batman:TAS back in '92. I had no idea at the time the impact it would have on my career or how it would be received by Bat-fans worldwide- but it's the gift that keeps on giving! 🃏 https://t.co/9SizIQb10T
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 14, 2018
“It was truly an honor to be entrusted to play the character in the original Batman: TAS back in ’92,” Hamill wrote on Twitter Saturday. “I had no idea at the time the impact it would have on my career or how it would be received by Bat-fans worldwide — but it’s the gift that keeps on giving!”
He broadly voiced the character again in Rocksteady’s acclaimed Batman: Arkham video game series except for Arkham Origins and most as of late in the animated Batman: The Killing Joke and in a more substantially lighter tone with ‘toon series Justice League Action. Hamill will again loan his voice to the child friendly LEGO DC Super-Villains video game that is to be released not long from now.
As described by DC Animation vet Bruce Timm amid a year ago’s San Diego Comic-Con, Batman: The Animated Series producers nearly overlooked Hamill and initially tapped The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Stephen King’s It star Tim Curry for the part.
“Most of you guys probably know Mark first did the voice for us in the first Mr. Freeze episode — he played the guy who caused Mr. Freeze’s wife to end up in a coma,” Timm said. Hamill was “so excited and full of enthusiasm for Batman” the filmmakers recruited him to play the Dark Knight’s most infamous enemy.
Mark Hamill later clarified that he got inspiration for the Clown Prince of Crime drew motivation from The Invisible Man actor Claude Rains and anchor person and entertainer Jay Leno.
4COMMENTS“[Rains] had sort of the grit that I incorporated into it, and I said to the voiceover people later, I would do a character, and I would say, ‘It’s sort of like Howard Cosell meets Jay Leno, is that a cheat?’” Mark Hamill told Sway’s Universe. “And they said, ‘No, we do that all the time.’”
Batman: The Animated Series will be available for streaming in HD through the DC Universe application and probably its Blu-ray to make a big appearance at some point this year.