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Mark Hamill Describes How He Developed Joker’s Laugh On Batman: The Animated Series

Over the years, there have been a variety of talented actors to portray the Joker in both live action and animation. And while there are those who’ve appreciated the performances brought to the table by the likes of Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Cameron Monaghan, many diehard fans actually favor Mark Hamill, who, believe it or not, has been attached to the character for about a quarter century now.

Having debuted in the early 1990’s on the hallowed Batman: The Animated Series, Hamill went on to voice the Clown Prince of Crime in various other projects, including Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, the awesome line of Arkham video games, and the animated adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s classic graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke.

Originally, Tim Curry had been cast as the Ace of Knaves for the Bruce Timm helmed show, though an unfortunate case
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Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm Finally Set To Arrive On Blu-Ray

It may very well be the most heavily demanded home video release featuring the Dark Knight since fans clamored for complete volumes of Batman: The Animated Series on DVD about a decade and a half ago, and now we finally have word that yes, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm will finally make its way to the Blu-ray format this summer.

For those unfamiliar, this animated film was especially noteworthy because not only was it the first full-length motion picture featuring Batman of its kind, but also because it remains the only one to see a wide theatrical release. Sure, we’ve experienced “one night only” limited engagements put on by Fathom Events for offerings such as The Killing Joke, but that’s far from the same situation.

Basically, the flick explored the origins of the Caped Crusader within the universe established by Batman: The Animated Series, with Kevin Conroy and
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Mark Hamill Reprises Joker Role In Justice League Action Clip

Over the past 25 years, many diehard fans have repeatedly said that the true voices of Batman and the Joker belong to Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, respectively. Having started off in Batman: The Animated Series, both men have gone on to reprise their roles in various forms of media, be they direct-to-video animated films such as Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and Batman: The Killing Joke or one of the hit video games in the Arkham franchise. Their most recent reunion, however, comes in the form of the more light-hearted Justice League Action.

Consisting of tightly focused 11-minute episodes, Justice League Action brings together some of DC’s most iconic heroes and villains, sometimes in pairings you may not often expect. One such example is this week’s episode, “Galaxy Jest,” which will see Joker meeting up with none other than Mongul. Now there’s something you don’t see every day!
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The Best Batman Video and Online Games!

Batman fans have long enjoyed a rich tradition of video games to accompany their favorite DC Comics hero in his exploits. The tradition of Batman games harkens back to the original Nintendo in the 1980s and has remained a staple in gameplay ever since. In today's world gamers have a number of options outside of console games, from online games to online casino games. You can find a lot of these by scowering search engines and while you're at it you can check the top offers of the internet betting operators from this link. There are no shortage of popular games that have spawned from the Batman franchise, even long before the Arkham series came along. We'll examine a few for you below.

The Batman Lego video games offer some of the funnest gameplay, while also serving up a ton of easter eggs for the fans. The first time we
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Paul Dini discusses Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn and the DC Extended Universe

If there is one name in comics that most fans revere, it is Paul Dini. Mr. Dini has been a driving force of comics and animation for over 20 years, working on such classic animated shows as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and Tiny Toon Adventures.

His biggest claim to fame, however, is in the DC Animated Universe, predominantly with Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond and Superman: The Animated Series. Mr. Dini is also responsible for the creation of Harley Quinn, a once promising psychiatrist who turned to crime as The Joker’s sidekick and on-again/off-again girlfriend. Her origin was told in the graphic novel Batman: Mad Love, written by Dini and drawn by Bruce Timm, and went on to win an Eisner Award and later adapted in The New Batman Adventures episode of the same name.

Dini recently appeared on the podcast Shanlian on Batman
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Supercut charts The Joker’s kills in live-action and animated movies

Coinciding with the character’s return to the big screen in Suicide Squad, Mr Sunday Movies has put together a supercut charting all of the Joker’s kills from the Clown Prince of Crime’s various live-action and animated movies, including Batman, The Dark Knight, Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Batman: Under the Red Hood, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Assault on Arkham and Batman: The Killing Joke. Check it out here…

See Also: Jared Leto says a lot of his Joker scenes were cut from Suicide Squad

It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate,
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The Joker's Movie Kill Count

Check out the embedded video below for a supercut of all the times The Joker takes a life in Batman 1989, The Dark Knight, Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths,  Batman: Under the Red Hood, The Dark Knight Returns,  Batman: Assault on Arkham and Batman: The Killing Joke. Also be sure to subscribe to Mr Sunday's YouTube channel,, If you want.  No pressure.  
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Mark Hamill Will Voice The Joker In Batman: The Killing Joke Animated Feature

Fans rejoice! Mark Hamill will indeed provide the voice for The Joker in DC's animated take on Alan Moore's The Killing Joke, which is due out next year. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor had already expressed interest in reprising the iconic role for the movie, but sources have confirmed to Collider that it's definitely going to happen - in fact, word is he's already recorded his voice acting! Mark Hamill has voiced the character on many different occasions, from Batman: The Animated Series, to the likes of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Birds of Prey, and more recently the Arkham Asylum video games. Alan Moore's graphic novel is widely considered to be the definitive Joker story, so it's great to hear that Hamill will be back. Now, fingers crossed that Kevin Conroy will also return as Batman!
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Batman Beyond to return as DC Nation short

DC Animated Universe fans rejoice! Batman Beyond - the successor to the classic Batman: The Animated Series - is set to return to the small screen, with Bruce Timm and Darwyn Cooke set o produce a new DC Nation short to air on Cartoon Network in 2014 as part of Batman's 75th anniversary celebrations. According to a report over at The World's Finest, Cooke - who designed the opening titles for the original animated series - will take the design and storyboard lead on the short, although there's no word yet if this will be a standalone instalment or an ongoing series.

Batman Beyond - a.k.a. Batman of the Future - was created by produced by Batman: Tas' Bruce Timm, Paul Dino and Alan Burnett alongside Glen Murakami (Beware the Batman) and followed Terry McGinnis, a teenager who takes over the mantle of the Bat, with an
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Batman Beyond Universe #1 Review

This new series of Batman Beyond (entitled Batman Beyond Universe) collects the first two digital releases of both Batman Beyond and Justice League Beyond into one book. This series is a grand departure for the past run with an all new creative team and a desire to tie into the animated series rather than a separate entity. This offers a fresh starting point for newbies to the comic’s Universe with this run being set one year after the end of the previous run, entitled Batman Beyond Unlimited.

This is first thing that strikes me about this comic is how extremely welcoming is it toward new fans, or those that have never read a Beyond book before. I have a familiarity with the Batman Beyond universe via the awesome TV series from the 90′s but zero experience with the past runs of the book. Before I get into this review

No! Bruce Timm Steps Down at WB! Curses!

My immediate reaction is...crap. What is yours Bat-Fan?

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Update: A Warner Bros. rep has written to clarify that Timm has not left Warners entirely. He has stepped down from his role as a supervising producer for the DC Universe Animated DVDs. Original story follows.

Cartoonist Bruce Timm, who shepherded a majority of the DC animated universe titles over the past two decades, has stepped down as supervising producer at Warner Bros. Animation to develop his own projects. He's been replaced by James Tucker, a veteran of "Batman: The Animated Series," "Justice League" and, more recently, "Batman: The Brave and the Bold."

“Bruce had done a lot since 'Justice League Unlimited' ended, so it’s been quite a haul," Tucker told the fan site Voices From Krypton. "I can’t speak for him, but I think going out on 'Dark Knight Returns' was a special thing for him.
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Why Batman Beyond Makes More Sense Than Dark Knight Rises

I understand that this topic may have been beaten to death but after watching the stellar animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, I cannot let this go. For the final live-action Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan exploited that source material and failed to achieved anything but a summer popcorn flick. There are huge and just annoying plot holes in the narrative of the film. The characters seem to go against themselves and what was previously established in the other films. The film takes itself too seriously, and yet it makes a joke of itself. It it comes off as jarring and disjointed. I want to compare Nolan’s vision of the world post-Bruce Wayne as the Dark Knight to the more canonical and less offensive world of Batman Beyond.

Batman Beyond was created by Warner Bros. Animation in collaboration with DC Comics

Vote for your favorite Batman Animated Movies!

Lets hear from you bat-fans!  We want to know your favorite Batman Dcau animated films in order.  Then, make a list of your fav. movies overall.  The best being #1 and so on...

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-Batman: Mask of the Phantasm -Batman and Robin: Sub Zero -Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker -Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman -The Batman vs. Dracula -Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo

Batman Movies Overall

-Batman: Mask of the Phantasm -Batman and Robin: Sub Zero -Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker -Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman -The Batman vs. Dracula -Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo -1966 Batman -1989 Batman -Batman Returns -Batman Forever -Batman and Robin -Batman Begins -Dark Knight -The Dark Knight Rises
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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – The Best Dark Knight Movie No One Saw

The Dark Knight was not the first great Batman movie.

Neither was Batman Begins – in fact, years before Warner Bros. brought Christopher Nolan in to revive their marquee franchise, another group of talented film-makers delivered what is still, to many, the definitive on-screen version of the character.

And if you’re a fan of the character and haven’t seen Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Right now seems an ideal time to bring this topic up, as Batman: The Animated Series just celebrated its 20th anniversary (completely unmarked – for Shame Warner Bros.) on the 5th of this month. And this show deserves serious recognition. Desperate for a quick kid-targeted cartoon to support their Batman brand in-between movies, WB landed on animation vets Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski to run the new show, and gave them a surprising amount of creative freedom to go with an enviable budget.

Batman Arkham City Sequel: 5 Storylines We Want To See

Sequels, sequels, sequels. Often they are unwanted and ultimately as well received as a surprise colonoscopy performed by Mr. Freeze. However in terms of Rocksteady’s Batman game franchise; we just want more and more and more…And then more…But less villains. Please; less villains.

With Arkham City and Arkham Asylum making our jaws drop several times on two different occasions the sequel is inevitable but not as obvious as it may be with (spoiler) The Joker’s Death at the end of Arkham City meaning Batman could be looking for a new angle, a new villain and we here at WhatCulture towers are here to offer a few ways they could do this with a few select story ideas…

1. Return Of The Joker

The Story:

The villains of Arkham City start appearing throughout Gotham after the City’s controversial final plan means all of Gotham’s super villains
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Top Five Batman Moments

So, The Dark Knight Rises is finally here. I know we’re excited – are you? Just to help get you in the mood, Thn have put together our favourite five Batman moments from the Caped Crusader’s various adventures throughout the years.

5. “Robin, pass me my Shark Repellent Bat Spray!”

Who could forget that classic tension building sequence from Batman: The Movie, in which Adam West has a rubber shark attached to his leg and punching it just won’t do, so Robin must leave the helicopter on auto-pilot and scale the ladder to pass him (upside down) his shark repellent bat spray… and to think they thought that might never come in handy when Batgirl picked it up in the D.I.Y store. This was Jaws’ first comedic appearance on the big screen, a pure must-see moment.

4. “I’ll break you in two”

Return Of The Joker remains
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Tim Burton’s Batman vs Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight

With the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, the third in a trilogy of highly successful Batman movies by Christopher Nolan, and the recent release of the hotly anticipated video game Arkham City, its really never been a better time to be a Batman fan. The past few years have seen a gigantic leap in popularity for DC Comic’s surly, brooding poster boy, a character that has always held a large amount of public affection in its near 80 year history.

With this in mind, WhatCulture has decided to do an article comparing the two most beloved Batman movies: Tim Burton’s Batman from 1989, the iconic and most endearing interpretation of Batman, and The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan’s second take on the World’s Greatest Detective from 2008, the highest grossing and critically revered Batman film to date. As soon as I heard of this, I practically pleaded for the opportunity to write it.
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Batman: Year One Review

Warner Bros. have been producing animated movies of DC Comics’ most popular superheroes for a few years now, but for me they’ve always been rather hit and miss, with earlier original productions such as Mask of the Phantasm or Return of the Joker being far more enjoyable than adaptations of newer works such as Darwyn Cooke’s Justice League: New Frontier, which I felt was a cruelly truncated version of the original comic book.

The news that Frank Miller’s classic 1987 storyline Batman: Year One was being adapted for a direct to DVD/Blu-ray/download movie was thus greeted with somewhat muted enthusiasm by yours truly, but after settling down to watch the film I’m happy to announce that this is, for the most part, an enjoyable and faithful version of one of the most celebrated Batman storylines.

Year One, as its name suggests, is a Batman origin story,
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Batman: Arkham City - Official Box Art

Batman: Arkham City is one hell of a badass video game that gamers are going to enjoy. I thought Batman: Arkham Asylum was awesome, it's one of my favorite games, but Arkham City takes Batman to a whole new level. You can read my E3 2011 first impression review of the game here. I can't wait to pick up a copy of the game and play through it. There's no doubt this game is going to be a huge hit.

We recently showed you some previous box art for the game, but that obviously wasn't approved art, because what we have here is completely different, but still awesome. The game is set to hit the streets on October 18th on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Here's the detailed story synopsis:

The story for Arkham City takes place about one year after the events of Arkham Asylum. Quincy Sharp, former warden of Arkham Asylum,
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Batman: Arkham City Cover Art will Punch you in the Face

Batman: Arkham City was one of the coolest games that I played at E3 2011. This is a game that I can't wait to buy and play through. If you thought Batman: Arkham Asylum was awesome, wait until you get a load of this. you can read my first impression review of the game here.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have revealed the cover art for the video game, which is set to hit the street on October 18th on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Batman wants to punch you in the face.

Here's the detailed story synopsis:

The story for Arkham City takes place about one year after the events of Arkham Asylum. Quincy Sharp, former warden of Arkham Asylum, has taken credit for stopping the Joker, and used the notoriety to become mayor of Gotham City. As neither Arkham nor Blackgate Prison are in any condition to detain inmates,
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