Kill the Justice League DLC (EXCLUSIVE)


Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League launched again in February of this 12 months to a prickly reception from DC followers and critics alike. The sport was derided for ruining the beloved legacy of the Batman Arkham video games attributable to its mundane gameplay and grindy nature which by no means resembled the darkish, macabre cat-and-mouse recreation between the Joker and the Darkish Knight in any manner, swapping it out for a headache-inducing UI and mediocre taking pictures mechanics.

Alarm bells had been ringing when no assessment codes had been despatched out for the sport previous to launch, regardless of the sport having already been delayed a number of instances. Throughout the first two weeks of that eventual launch, the full participant depend has dropped to a meagre 3 digit determine of lower than 1000.

Rocksteady and Warner Bros Video games have (arguably unfairly) put all of their eggs into the DLC basket, promising that the first free content update for the game featuring an Elseworlds version of the Joker will remedy all the recreation’s points and regain the curiosity of gamers who’ve already fallen away from the sport since launch.

We bought the prospect to talk to the extraordinarily proficient JP Karliak, who has been tasked with voicing this new model of the Clown Prince of Crime. We had been capable of ask him about what makes this model of the character distinctive, and question whether or not he thinks that taking the function on was one thing of a poisoned chalice, given the bags and stress that comes together with a job like this.

How does one go about embodying a personality as iconic as The Joker?

JP Karliak is your new Joker in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.
JP Karliak is your new Joker in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.

FandomWire: Given your intensive checklist of online game credit, I presume that you’re a gamer your self. Are you able to inform me a bit about your gaming historical past and your favourite recreation in case you have one?

JP Karliak: I’m a gamer, although I put a robust asterisk on that, as I’ve solely ever had Nintendo consoles. I had an 8-bit, I had a Tremendous Nintendo, then I skipped a couple of generations and now I’ve a Change, which I play fairly often. My favourite video games are Zelda Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom. I just like the classics. I’m massive on Metroid, Castlevania, Mario, and Megaman. A platformer or a MetroidVania is my jam. The Zelda video games are actually what opened my eyes to open world video games, so I’d prefer to strive extra of these.

FW: The truth that you’re enjoying the Joker within the upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League DLC could be very thrilling. I’m curious to know in case you have a historical past with the Arkham collection. Though the model you’re enjoying is an Elseworlds model of the character, there’s additionally a sure legacy that you’re moving into which I’m curious to listen to your emotions on.

JP: Attending to play the Joker is like strolling by a discipline of landmines and each a type of landmines is a person, very beloved model of the Joker. With Mark Hamill’s model being arguably essentially the most beloved amongst them. Partly due to the Arkham video games, but additionally due to Batman: The Animated Collection and all the different items of DC media that he has appeared in. So yeah, that was actually tough. I used to be thrilled that I wasn’t enjoying him, however that I used to be enjoying this different model. I’m conscious that there are clearly going to be comparisons made, however what I like about this model of the Joker is that he’s making these comparisons. He’s coming in from an Elseworld and listening to about this large model of the Joker that existed for a few years and was a megalomaniac. I play a youthful Joker type of beginning out, and nonetheless determining what his Joker model goes to be. So he hears about this titan and is like; “Okay, I’m taking down some notes from this man.” So in a manner, the character and I type of mirror one another in that sense, as a result of my interpretation of the Joker just isn’t tremendous characterised when it comes to the voice. As a lot as I like the ultra-characterized type, this model’s voice just isn’t too dissimilar to my actual talking voice. I used to be clearly cherry-picking bits from my favourite Jokers like Hamill and Nicholson and Ledger. And even John DiMaggio, and Kevin Michael Richardson who I additionally love. So I’m making an attempt to choose up on all of these little bits, however he’s additionally nonetheless very a lot my model, and thank God I didn’t must impersonate anybody.

Making this model of The Joker stand out as distinctive

Trying to reinvent a character like The Joker is not easy.Trying to reinvent a character like The Joker is not easy.
Making an attempt to reinvent a personality like The Joker just isn’t simple.

FW: Was the choice to make use of one thing near your individual voice for the character versus doing an impression of one other model your individual selection?

JP: I imply, they had been actually particular within the audition that they didn’t need a Hamill impersonation, or an impersonation of any earlier model of the Joker. And the way in which that the character description was; that he was youthful and nonetheless figuring it out, and nonetheless new to his psychopathy, I used to be like okay, so my voice shouldn’t essentially go the complete tilt then. I can play a extra pulled again model and simply let the loopy come out when it must, by the snicker and issues like that.

FW: While you had been recording the strains, did you get to work together with the opposite solid members, or had been you simply in a sales space alone?

JP: On their own. I didn’t even know precisely who else was within the recreation till they introduced it, after which I used to be like, “oh that’s cool, what a very strong solid.” It was simply me recording with a couple of of us in London after which a couple of in LA and we had a good time making these tweaks as we went and determining the place we would like this Joker to sit down. I’m excited to see how he suits on this world, as a result of I’ve solely heard a few cases of my back-and-forth between my character and the opposite characters, so it is going to be new to me as nicely.

FW: The DLC nonetheless hasn’t launched on the time of this interview, so I wonder if you recorded the dialogue a very long time in the past, or whether or not it was newer.

JP: We did begin the method some time in the past, though as a result of it’s a Stay Service recreation with new chapters frequently popping out, the Joker nonetheless has to speak to new characters, so the recording course of remains to be occurring now and is ongoing.

Strolling right into a sea of criticism and fanboy hatred

This isn't exactly a ubiquitously beloved game.This isn't exactly a ubiquitously beloved game.
This isn’t precisely a ubiquitously beloved recreation.

FW: Because the recreation launched earlier this 12 months, the reception has been very blended and there was a good quantity of criticism levelled on the recreation. Did any of that adverse suggestions towards the bottom recreation have an effect on the way you approached your efficiency in any respect?

JP: It definitely didn’t have an effect on my authentic efficiency, and it undoubtedly received’t have an effect on it going ahead both. Primarily as a result of there’s already and established model within the can that I did and I can’t begin tweaking it now. It’s after all validating when individuals join with a personality that you simply painting, or the sport normally, you at all times prefer to see that. Nevertheless, I additionally don’t take any of the criticism to coronary heart as a result of on the finish of the day, you possibly can’t please everyone. The rationale that there are such a lot of individually beloved variations of the Joker is as a result of everybody has their very own style for what they like.

FW: I admire that there’s solely a lot you could say, however is there anything that you’ll be able to inform us about this model of the Joker that you’re portraying?

JP: In the identical manner that the Gotham Metropolis that we’re used to could be very darkish and looks like Batman’s metropolis, the model of Gotham that this man hails from could be very a lot the Joker’s. It’s a very looney model of the world we all know.

FW: So, does your Joker come from a Gotham that had its personal model of Batman, or is he coming to this world and listening to in regards to the Batman for the primary time?

JP: I feel that’s one thing that you’re going to have to attend till you’ve performed to search out out.

FW: Having simply performed the Joker and starred within the new X-Males ’97 present on Disney+, are there another bucket checklist characters that you simply’d prefer to voice in a recreation?

JP: I might really like to take a crack on the Penguin. I like Danny DeVito’s tackle that character a lot. Attending to play that actually horrific but additionally actually stylish model of the Penguin would make for a enjoyable dichotomy to play with. So far as the bucket checklist legacy character that I’d like to play who I haven’t had an opportunity to but, it must be Skeletor.

JP has been a very talented voice over artist for years.JP has been a very talented voice over artist for years.
JP has been a really proficient voice over artist for years.

Getting the chance to talk to JP Karliak in regards to the Joker was unbelievable, he made for an awesome interviewee. The X-Males 97 present launches on Disney+ immediately, through which JP stars as Morph, so be at liberty to go take a look at his efficiency in that. Additionally, if you wish to see how dangerous Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is for your self, then that can be out there to play now. Fingers crossed that the introduction of JP’s Joker can flip issues round for that recreation. Thanks once more to JP for taking the time to talk to us.


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