During a spotlight panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016, iconic live action and voice actor Mark Hamill decided to jump franchises for a moment to give fans a sneak preview of his next outing as the voice of DC Comics’ Joker in Batman: The Killing Joke.
Hamill read a bit of dialogue from the upcoming animated movie adaptation of the 1988 graphic novel of the same name, written by Alan Moore with art by Brian Bolland. Here're the lines read by Hamill, as can be heard in the video above:
Memory’s so treacherous. One moment you’re lost in a carnival of delights, with the poignant childhood aromas flashing to the yawn of puberty. All that sentimental candy floss. Next, it leads you somewhere you don’t want to go, somewhere dark, and cold, and filled with the damp, ambiguous shapes of things you hoped were forgotten. Memories can be vile, repulsive little growths. Like children, I suppose.
Hamill finished the monologue with his signature Joker laughed and received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Batman: The Killing Joke will be screened in theaters for one night only before being released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 2, 2016.
Batman: The Killing Joke reunites the foundation of Batman: The Animated Series with Bruce Timm returning as executive producer, and actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their seminal roles as Batman and the Joker, respectively.
Based on the acclaimed DC graphic novel of the same name, Batman: The Killing Joke takes a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. Years later, and now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker devises a plan to prove that one bad day can make anyone as insane as he is – setting his sights on Commissioner Gordon. It’s up to the Dark Knight to put a stop to The Joker’s latest scheme and save one of Gotham City’s finest. Following a gripping prologue introducing Barbara Gordon’s heroic adventures alongside Batman as Batgirl, Batman: The Killing Joke stays true to the authentic tale that has held fans’ imaginations for nearly three decades – spotlighting the birth of a Super-Villain, the fortitude of a Super Hero and the punchline that will leave you speechless.