Mark Hamill officially signs on to voice The Joker in Batman: The Killing Joke

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Jul 28, 2015, 10:12 AM EDT

We all kind of assumed Mark Hamill would lend his trademark voice to the upcoming animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke, and now it’s official.

Collider has confirmed that the Star Wars alum, who has built an incredible career as a voice actor in the decades since his adventures in a galaxy far, far away, will be back in the role he owned on both Batman: The Animated Series and the Batman: Arkham games. Hamill’s voice is almost synonymous with the Joker at this point, and if you’re doing a story as Joker-centric as this brutal Alan Moore tale, he’s a must-have.

According to the report, Hamill had already wrapped his voice work when the project was announced at San Diego Comic-Con, so Warner Bros. is basically just finishing up the animation on the way toward a release next year.

If you’re unfamiliar, this is the Batman story that finds the Joker gunning down Barbara Gordon and torturing Commissioner Gordon with nude photos of his injured daughter. The Joker’s goal is to drive Gordon insane, and the story pushes Batman to his absolute limit. We told you, it’s brutal. The story also features a very controversial, and hotly debated, final scene. It’s a great read, to be sure, but it’s a hard story to get through.

We’re still a bit torn on whether this story needs an animated adaptation, and if so, exactly how they’ll fit it into a PG-13 format. Or, heck, could this be the studio’s first R-rated animated feature? Regardless — having Hamill in the booth is a strong move in the right direction.

What’s your take on the project?

(Via Collider)