Created by Foxwolf on Mar 20 2009
Special thanks to TylerMirage, Jackson_H, Pokejedservo, NCZ, Cypo, Music Meister for additional sound clips.
EDITOR'S OPINIONJoker .... aaaaah, the Joker. What an amazing character for any voice actor to play. Such range, such depth, such unpredictability. Although personally throwing up a poll on who the best Joker voice gives a pretty obvious outcome in Mark Hamill, it's still interesting to see and hear the different variations of Joker over his animated years.
So Mark Hamill. If theres any role other than Luke Skywalker he's known for, it's the Joker. And how it relaunched his career. I remember one of his first voice over roles was in the PC Wing Commander game, but man, what a surprise for him to play Batman's arch nemesis back in 1992. And even more amazing, what a contrast in acting talent from Star Wars. Personally, I think all actors who are in Star Wars are cursed to perform poorly, no matter how much talent they have (excluding Harrison Ford who stood out above the rest).
Anywho, I think with age, Hamill's voice got deeper and while at times if you listen carefully you can tell it's him, the rest is just a character in its own. Batman The Animated Series' Joker was probably the first non-cheesy Joker and while it showed his insanity, it also gave him depth outside the realm of the typical superhero villain.
And his laugh, omg, so classic, so distinct. So good they even used it in the live action Birds Of Prey series.
Now while I haven't watched The Batman, I have seen a few scenes of Kevin Michael Richardson's Joker. Now if there's anyone close to Hamill, it's Richardson. While he's a little wackier in both look and character, his voice is like Hamill's only deeper and gravellier.
For Brave and the Bold, with the old school stylization, Jeff Bennett's Joker while is closer to the pre-Bruce Timm era, he's definitely in a category in his own. While still on the wacky, he's certainly more refined, but less psychotic.
Not to be biased or take any points away from the first set of actors who voiced the Joker, but the acting ability of those back in the day is much different than our current generation.