The Joker is arguably DC Comics’s most famous villain, and with good reason. Batman’s long-running nemesis is the crux of superb storylines, and Mark Hamill’s iteration of the character is undoubtedly the most iconic on-screen. It looks the Clown Prince of Gotham is coming back in the new Suicide Squad game, as Rocksteady Studios is already teasing what the title’s first season has in store for Xbox and PS5 players.
However, you might be wondering how this is possible. We’re sorry to spoil the Batman Arkham games for you, but The Joker’s demise was depicted in the finale of Arkham City. He would return in the form of a hallucination in Arkham Knight, pestering Batman’s psyche. However, it appears that a multiverse concept is on the cards for Kill the Justice League. The artwork, which comes from the official Suicide Squad Kill the Justice League Discord server, suggests that he will be interacting with our rag-tag baddies post-launch.
A multiverse is the logical stepping point for this, as we know that Kill the Justice League takes place in the current Arkhamverse, containing the Rocksteady Studios trilogy and WB Montreal’s Arkham Origins. That could mean that the Suicide Squad calls upon villains from other universes to continue Brainiac’s forces, if we go off the assumption they are unsuccessful with their mission in the game’s main story. After all, taking down the Justice League was never going to be an easy feat.
Now, what version of The Joker this will be is an element we’re curious about. Mark Hamill previously stated that he would be stepping down from the role, following the untimely death of Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy. In an interview with Empire Magazine (via Screen Rant) from January last year, Hamill writes that “Without Kevin there, there doesn’t seem to be a Batman for me.” Kill the Justice League is the last appearance of Conroy’s Batman, so it would be poetic to at least have Hamill’s vocal talent present one final time.
Alternatively, as this could be a Joker from another dimension, a different actor could have inhabited the role. How The Joker will play in the game remains to be seen, as they’ll need a traversal method quick enough to keep up with the likes of Deadshot or Harley Quinn. Maybe a pink Lamborghini, Rocksteady?
We’ll have to wait until the Suicide Squad Kill the Justice League release date in the meantime. Before the new PS5 game and new Xbox game does arrive, Rocksteady confirms that a major feature won’t be featured going forward.