Mark Hamill Calls For “Better Stories” From The Superhero Movie Industry

Author Thumbnail BY Tiny Diapana - June 12, 2017

Everyone likes a good superhero movie, but with the industry rolling out so many comicbook films every year, not every movie gets to have a solid story.  Though there have been a lot of pretty great comicbook movies this year, there have been some that have raked in negative reviews from fans and filmgoers.

Now, Star Wars legend and Joker voice actor Mark Hamill asks for “better stories” from the suerphero movie industry.  Speaking in an interview with the USA Today at the Tony Awards’ red carpet in New York City last weekend, Hamill talked about the improvements that he hoped to see in the comicbook movie industry.

“I don’t know what’s going on with superhero movies. They’re fantastic, but I think we’re reaching a point of oversaturation. So that’s why the story is so important, is that the gimmicks and all that, they can only take you so far. That’s what I want, better stories.”

The Star Wars legend also tried to remember Adam West, the iconic Batman star who had died last Friday at 88 years of age. Trying to present his best impression of the star, Hamill remembered West as “such a nice guy” who was “for all of us growing up, such an iconic figure.”

"I first did the Joker in 1992, and I've been doing it on and off for 25 years. And one time I went in to do a recording and instead of Kevin Conroy whose my Batman, Adam West was there. I froze up. I said I can't do my Joker in front of my Batman, I mean my childhood Batman. But again he was so nice, and I managed to get through it."

Not only does Hamill’s story about West reminds fans just how deeply the classic Batman influenced the lives of young children growing up watching the 1960’s ABC Batman series, it reminds fans just how much the Star Wars legend cares about Hollywood pop culture. Voicing the Joker for years and playing Lucasfilm’s Luke Skywalker for decades, it’s pretty understandable that Hamill would air out his concerns about the superhero genre.

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