Mark Hamill: Jared Leto’s Joker Was Like Hamlet

Suicide Squad was panned in many circles with Jared Leto's portrayal of the Joker dividing opinion. But one man enjoyed it enough to compare it to a classic character from the world of Shakespeare. NME reports that Mark Hamill, who has voiced the villain most recently in the R-rated animated feature Batman: The Killing Joke, gave a glowing appraisal of the actor's performance that does in some part run contrary to popular opinion.

Speaking with Polygon, Hamill understands the pressures and expectations of the bad guy and being the glass-half-full person that he is, does not believe anyone yet has done the DC antagonist a disservice.

“Everyone brings a different spin to the character and you have to look at each script separately,” argued Hamill. “I don’t think there’s a definitive version of the Joker and I don’t think there can be. It’s like Hamlet, really. It’ll be constantly redefined.”

Hamill Hooked On DC From Day 1

The split that divides Marvel and DC in the superhero realm can get heated at times and leaves others to shrug. Hamill might have a role in the DC world but he thinks that even though he felt connected with his employer from an early age, there is always room for both.

"I’ve always given the edge to DC," he told Polygon. "I started buying DC comic books during a really whimsical age in the publisher’s time and I was really drawn to that. DC, I mean really, I just discovered it first. Don’t get me wrong, I love Marvel. By the time Marvel made an impact on me, I loved it because it was so irreverent and had this mocking attitude that made DC look like boy scouts. I love them both, but there’s something about your first love that always feels a little more intimate and special."

Skywalker Left Shocked At Election Result

Barely any high profile performer can conduct an interview right now without being asked about the 2016 decision and Hamill felt a bit deflated by the whole experience.

"I feel like I have to bite my tongue somewhat, because as disgusted and repulsed as you are right now, half the country is thrilled and inspired," said the Luke Skywalker actor. "I mean, you’re either in one camp or another. There’s no middle ground with Trump. I’ve been a lifelong Democrat, and as someone who’s fascinated with the divide in this country right now, I’m just shocked that I was in the minority this time around."

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