If there’s one role that Mark Hamill is known for that doesn’t involve stars and the wars set among them, it’s probably Batman’s most infamous nemesis, The Joker. He’s voiced the character many times since he first assumed the role for Batman: The Animated Series beginning in 1992, having gone to to play the face-painted villain in various other animated series (he’s currently doing it for Cartoon Network’s Justice League Action), as well as video games like Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequels.
Over the weekend, Hamill decided to bust out the character on Twitter as a commentary on current events; specifically, the upcoming presidential inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on January 20.
It seems to have started from a December 31 tweet from writer Matt Oswalt: In response to a Trump tweet that reads, “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love,” Oswalt wrote, “This sounds like something the Joker would say right before releasing a swarm of killer bees into Gotham.”
Hamill caught wind of that tweet, retweeting it on the 7th, and soon after posted this audio clip of him reciting the Trump tweet, word-for-word and in character as The Joker:
Regardless of your political affiliations, it’s hard to deny Oswalt’s point, as Hamill’s rendition of the tweet sure does sound like some totally natural Joker dialogue. If you can deny it, well hey, it’s at least nice to hear Hamill bust out his Joker voice whenever he gets the chance.
UPDATE: The Joker has struck again, this time reading Mr. Trump’s Tweet about Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes.
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