Aside from being known as Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill will go down in history as one of the greatest supervillains of all time. No, I’m not talking about Bluntman and Chronic’s handy foe Cock Knocker. As mid to late twenty-somethings of the world are sure to remember, the actor lent his voice to the Dark Knight’s iconic nemesis The Joker in ‘Batman: The Animated Series.’ However, I’ll bet that you didn’t know that he portrayed another DC Comics baddie in his career as well. In the short-lived live action 90s version of ‘The Flash’ (as well as on ‘Justice League Unlimited’), Hamill was the Trickster, a villain notorious for being a practical joker and conman with a set of circus skills that favored deadly gags like explosive teddy bears. Now, it appears that he’ll reprise the role in The CW’s modern take on the Scarlet Speedster.
In an exclusive scoop from HitFix, we learned that before he picks up a lightsaber in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, Hamill would once again take up the mantle of the Trickster on ‘The Flash’ starring Grant Gustin, except with a modern twist that is presumably based on Geoff Johns’ version of the character. Here’s the synopsis shared by the site that gives us a little insight into the all-new Trickster:
“Mark Hamill returns in a brand new interpretation of James Jesse (aka The Trickster), a role he originated on the 90’s ‘Flash’ series. In this new iteration, The Trickster is an anarchist terrorist con man serving a life sentence in Iron Heights who helps Barry and Detective West to foil the city-wide attacks of a wannabe Trickster eagerly following in the original’s deadly footsteps.”
Not only will Hamill pop up in this season’s seventeenth episode, but he’ll also be reunited with John Wesley Shipp, the original Flash from the CBS series and Barry Allen’s father in the current show. But as excited as the two former foes must be to cross paths again, that excitement probably doesn’t top that of executive producer Andrew Kreisberg:
“Having Mark reprise his role as The Trickster was on our original wish list when we were planning our version of ‘The Flash’. Christmas and Chanukah came early for us this year when he said yes! We are beyond humbled and excited to have him joining us for another round of deadly trickery!”
Considering that Hamill is no longer playing The Joker in video games or animated projects (and most definitely not in the upcoming ‘Suicide Squad’), it’s good to see him staying involved in the DC Universe in some way. But what do you think about his return to The Trickster on ‘The Flash’? Let us know in the comment section below.
‘The Flash’ starring Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, and Tom Cavanagh airs on Tuesdays at 8:00pm on The CW.