Batman: Arkham Aslyum 2 will be Mark Hamill’s “last hurrah” as Joker

Savor Mark Hamill’s dulcet tones in Batman: Arkham Asylum 2, because it will be his swan song as the Clown Prince of Crime. In an interview with IGN UK, Hamill revealed that he won’t be returning to the role of Joker after the release of the much-anticipated sequel.

“This will be my last, there’s no question about that. But it’s the last hurrah,” said Hamill, who almost didn’t sign on for the sequel. “My answer to [developers Rocksteady] for the sequel was, ‘Guys, we’re never going to be able to top the original.’ It was so claustrophobic. There were so many abilities like the stealth mode, and all those things you can do with the new technology. I wanted to be able to say I’d gone out on a high note,” explained Hamill, who after lending his voice to the caped crusader’s animated adventures for 12 years, has developed a strong protective streak for our favorite crazed clown.

Before you start tearing up at the thought of no more Joker, or even worse, more Joker but no more Hamill, be happy that we get at least one more go-round with Gotham’s greatest villain/voice actor combo. “I got on the phone with Rocksteady and they really reassured me and told me what they were going to do with the sequel,” said Hamill. “But I’m sworn to secrecy!”