Without a doubt, the Joker is one of the most iconic characters of all time — and even among the various interpretations, perhaps one of the most memorable (especially for our generation) is Mark Hamill’s take in Batman: The Animated Series. Whenever there’s a new animated take, it’s hard not to compare it to the work Hamill has done, and the upcoming take in Harley Quinn from DC Universe is no different.
Taking on the character for this outing is none other than Alan Tudyk, a fan favorite among Disney animated film and geek properties. When asked about living up to the name of Hamill, he made it clear he knew the pressure from fans.
“Here’s a funny story, Tony Hale plays Psycho, Doctor Psycho. He came in, and I’d said, ‘Hi,’ and he didn’t, I don’t know, I’d just finished recording and he was coming in to record and he was talking to the producer saying, ‘Oh yeah, the Joker, did y’all get Mark Hamill to do that?’ And I said, ‘No, they got me. I’m doing the Joker.’ Oh, he said, ‘Did you get Mark Hamill to do that ’cause if you didn’t get him it’s going to suck.’ ‘I’m doing the Joker.’ And he said, ‘Oh, I’m just saying that because I did the Joker and everybody said, ‘You’re not Mark Hamill. You suck.”
As far as the actual differences between Hamill’s take from Tudyk…he was pretty basic in his comparisons.
“So knowing I can’t be Mark Hamill, I haven’t listened to Mark Hamill. I have heard him, but I didn’t watch it so I couldn’t recreate it. He’s different in the way that he can cuss. I think that’s probably referring to be able to say, ‘Ah, f**k off.’ Having that in your ability and your Joker is fun. It’s a very funny cartoon, animated series, so I think the style of it lends itself to allowing more flexibility. I don’t know, man. I don’t know. I think I’m doing some of my voice and sometimes I’ll hear it, and when I watch the previews of it all, and I just sound like me. I hope it’s okay. I’m just hoping, yeah I hope it’s okay.”
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