Michael Emerson Joins ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2’ as The Joker!

The ‘Person of Interest’ star will voice the iconic villain in the second part of this animated graphic novel adaptation.

Warner Home Video is getting ready to launch Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 on Blu-ray and DVD September 25, the first in their two-part adaptation of Frank Miller's classic graphic novel. Today, we have word that actor Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest) has signed on to voice The Joker in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2. Check out the first look at this animated villain, along with what the actor had to say about taking on this iconic character.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns The Joker

"He's one of those great villains that an actor like me likes to play because he has layers - he has a face for the world and a face for himself. He is, in a way, a villain who is a natural actor. All of that is that is delightful and confounding at the same time. It's freeing because of the largeness of it. When he laughs, there's nothing subdued about it. When he screams in rage, there's nothing controlled about it. The amp is turned to 11 at all times."

Peter Weller stars as Batman in both movies, with Ariel Winter playing the new, female Robin and Michael McKean voicing Dr. Bartholomew Wolper, an Arkham Asylum psychiatrist. Mark Valley has also joined the cast of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 as Superman. The second part will debut sometime in 2013.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 was released January 29th, 2013 and stars Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, Michael Emerson, David Selby, Mark Valley, Carlos Alazraqui, Dee Bradley Baker, Paget Brewster. The film is directed by Jay Oliva.

Sources: TV Guide

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  1. Angela Anglim

    Emerson is a good choice. He strikes me as an intelligent A prerequisite, in my opinion, to bringing a complex character like the Joker to life.

    3 years agoby @Angela-AnglimFlag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 True that! We shall see!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  3. SherlockHolmes2009

    @mcleve02 Yea I dont think hell be as good but he should be decent. The guy who voiced him in Under the Red Hood was really good so im praying that hell do just as good. But Mark Hamill is just classic, no one can top it, hell always be known to us as The Joker

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  4. incmob

    amazing to see how there are so many positive comments regarding casting of the joker, however there were bad comments regarding the casting of batman...lol (not that anyone commenting on this were ones who did). I am interested to see how he will do as well, i really like DC and WB expanding on the legacy of the characters with new voice actors to "try" and fill some pretty big shoes. i am really looking forward to this!

    3 years agoby @incmobFlag

  5. SpaceCowboy

    Interesting choice to say in the least.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 Yeah. We obviously know he won't be Mark Hamill but I'm sure he will be good

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  7. SherlockHolmes2009

    It should be interesting to see how he plays the role, and how he'll voice The Joker

    3 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  8. CBF

    Art sucks in this comic. It's Bats' "All-Star Superman." Ugh. That's just my opinion but I feel it was to be said. Now, that being said, I love the characters... just not their future fat versions.

    3 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  9. Dan

    I like his understanding of the character. I can dig it.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag


    @narrator haha true, true! Lord knows I myself will almost always enjoy The Joker! ;)

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  11. the Narrator

    Awesome! Hamill will always be Joker, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy other iterations of the character. Emerson is a beast actor and seems to have a decent grasp of the Clown Prince of Crime.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag


    You got some big shoes to fill buddy... That is all... hey @gallagher how us that sideways thumb coming along? I feel like I could use it here! ;)

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  13. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    There is only one Joker >.< But I can dig this choice

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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