Mark Hamill is best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, but take away the face and he’s been the definitive voice of the Joker in multiple iterations of Batman since the 90s.
With Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy having recently passed away, Hamill himself has said at the Fan Expo San Francisco (via @CultureCrave) that he will be retiring as the Clown Prince of Crime with Conroy not being there to voice the Dark Knight opposite him.
Hamill also added a line from the show, “Without Batman, crime has no punchline.”
As it stands, Hamilton’s last official time playing the Joker in the spotlight was in 2016 with the animated Batman: The Killing Joke; he has since done guest roles as the Joker in Robot Chicken and Justice League Action.
On the other hand, Kevin Conroy still has one post-humous performance as Batman in the upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League game from Rocksteady. No Joker appearance has been confirmed for that game, but with Harley being a main character, a Joker cameo wouldn’t be surprising.
Though Hamill may be done playing Joker, I think he can still be goaded on to do a project, depending on the story. If anything, he still has an abundance of voice roles from the He-Man reboot to Invincible. I’d love for him to have a small role in the Joaquin Phoenix Joker films should they make a third movie. I think he’d be a fun Penguin for an alternate timeline. How about the Ventriloquist?
For now, you can catch Hamill’s voice work in Invincible now showing on Amazon Prime Video.