Like Sledgehammer Games' first Call of Duty "action-adventure," not much has been said about Batman: Arkham Asylum 2--at least, beyond the post-Spike Video Game Awards debut rumor-mongering and the confirmation of a few characters thanks to voice actor slips (see right). But Mark Hamill, the actor who most famously played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars and provided the voice for The Joker in the original Arkham Asylum and its sequel, had something very interesting to say recently about his future with the series: namely, he doesn't have one.
Speaking with IGN at the Cannes Film festival, Hamill said, "This will be my last, there's no question about that. But it's the last hurrah."
Those were Hammil's final words on the subject of the new game broached at the festival. Beforehand he mentioned that he wanted to leave Batman on a "high note," but was convinced to do Arkham Asylum due to Kevin Conroy and Paul Dini's involvement.
As you might agree, that was a good choice. Still--again, before he mentioned that this Joker appearance would be his "last hurrah"--Hammil confided to IGN that the impact of the first game, which made boatloads of money, made him feel the same doubtful way about returning again as The Joker's pipes. According to Hamill, Rocksteady was able to "reassure" the voice actor by telling him the plan for the sequel, which I know woefully, gut-wrenchingly little about.
It's easy to jump off the speculation cliff as to why Hamill believes Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 will be his last. Is it as simple as The Joker biting the big one in the sequel? Or is it just because the man plans to leave on a high note? My guess is the latter, by the way. What's yours?