DCAU filmography Edit
Background information Edit
Outside of the DCAU, Hamill is probably best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars series of films.
A devoted comic book fan, Hamill was eager to play a role in Batman: The Animated Series when it was first being cast. He asked if he could play one of Batman's regular rogues, especially the Joker, but the part had already been given to Tim Curry. Hamill was initially given the part of Ferris Boyle, the sleazy corporate villain of "Heart of Ice."
In an interview, Andrea Romano admitted that it was counter-intuitive for them to cast iconic film hero "Luke Skywalker" as a villain. But Hamill's performance as Boyle tremendously impressed all of them. Later, when they decided that Curry's performance wasn't quite right, Hamill was their first choice to replace him. Paul Dini writes that, when Hamill's audition tape was heard, "we all realized we had our clown. Not only was Mark's line reading dead-on, but his laugh captured all the bitter madness of the character. We looked at each other and said, 'Brrr!'"
Romano also said that, in addition to his performances, Hamill was valuable to the show for his unflagging enthusiasm and deep familiarity with the comics background.
Since playing the Joker, Hamill has enjoyed a prolific career as a voice-over actor, albeit one somewhat hampered by being typecast as a player of villains. His other roles in animated series include the Hobgoblin in Spider-Man and Fire Lord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Additionally, he has provided voice overs for numerous video games, most recently Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep as Master Eraqus. He also played the lead role in the live-action cutscenes of the computer game Wing Commander III (also appearing in the game were John Rhys-Davies, Malcolm McDowell, and Thomas F. Wilson).
Outside of the DCAU, he also provided the voice of the Joker (with another actor, seen only in shadows, acting as a body double) for the pilot episode of the short-lived Birds of Prey television series. He again reprised his role as Joker in a few non-DCAU projects such as the video games Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequel, Batman: Arkham City (along with Kevin Conroy as Batman and Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn) and DC Universe Online (again, alongside Kevin Conroy as Batman and Arleen Sorkin as Harley), the DAVE School video feature Batman: New Times (with Adam West) and the Robot Chicken episode "The Arkham Redemption" (with Seth Green).
- With the exception of Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill has appeared in more DCAU productions and has returned to his respective role outside of the DC Animated Universe more than any other actor. (Conroy, having appeared in one episode of The Zeta Project, has appeared in every televised animated series).
- While recording, Mark would insist on standing up (while everyone else sat) in order to better feel the emotions. This would be repeatedly pointed out by those who were present in numerous DVD special features.