Arkham Origins Replacing the Voice of Batman

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Arkham Origins Replacing the Voice of Batman

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A new actor may be selected to portray the younger version of Batman portrayed in the next the Arkham game.

Close your eyes and imagine that Batman is talking to you. If the voice you hear isn't Kevin Conroy's, then you're doing it wrong. Conroy, who began voicing the role of the Dark Knight in the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series, is, for many, the definitive voice of Bruce Wayne and Batman. Outside of the Animated Series he's been the man behind the character in shows, movies, and videogames including Batman Beyond, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Whenever a new Batman project is announced, the first question on many a fan's mind is whether or not Conroy will be involved.

Unfortunately for Batfans, it appears that the next game in the Arkham series will not be featuring the veteran voice actor. According to the latest issue of the South African publication NAG Magazine, Warner Bros. Games Montreal has chosen to pass on Conroy, opting instead for another, still to be announced, performer that it feels will better portray the younger, brasher Batman of Arkham Origins.

Some were already grumbling when it was revealed that Rocksteady, the studio behind the first two Arkham games, wouldn't be at the helm of Arkham Origins and this latest move could potentially disappoint a lot of franchise fans. That said, the departure of Conroy wouldn't be unprecedented. Mark Hammil, famous for his various portrayals of the Joker (and some other obscure roles you probably haven't heard of), said, prior to the game's release, that he was finished with the character following Arkham City. In the end, it may just be important to remember that Conroy is not the only person that's ever voiced Batman, even if some might regard him as the best.

Source: NAG via Kotaku

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I wonder if they'll use the guy who voiced Bats in the "Batman: Year One" animated movie? I mean, they are taking cues from that comic, so why not?

So no Mark hamill for the voice of joker and now no Kevin Conroy for Batman:
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People are not going to like this-not one little bit [hides in bunker to avoid rage]

That wouldn't be too bad. Maybe they could get Bryan Cranston to be Gordon as well. :)

I should probably google this, but who voiced the Batman for Injustice?

If Kevin Conroy isn't coming back to voice Batman, there's always Adam West! I understand it'll ruin the entire tone of the game, but it would be pretty great.

The hell is it with developers getting rid of the original voice actors? I mean, come on, really?

Not as bad a reason as Theif 4's, getting rid of Russel because they need someone who can do their own stunts so they can capture it all at once. WHY?! It's a first person stealth game! Why the hell do you need to have such advanced mo-cap and facial capture stuff?!?! The new Garrott even wears a freaking [/i]face mask[/i] for fuck's sake!!

Anyway, yeah. Developers ditching the original voice actors makes me sad.

Jhooud:
I should probably google this, but who voiced the Batman for Injustice?

That was also Kevin Conroy.

OT: That's too bad... Conroy IS the goddamned Batman in my eyes. How much younger could this incarnation of Batman be that Conroy wouldn't be able to 'fit' it?

so right now i assume the game will suck and not be like the other arkham games.
but i will not be bitching about it till i see footage that proves me right(please don't suck)

Meh, maybe it's time to let sometime else take the role... some people would still complain, though... *SIGH*

Kevin Conroy voiced "a younger, brasher" version of Batman just fine on Mask of the Phantasm. He can do it here.

thats a shame i really like his voice but i think the developers should be allowed to make changes if they feel it will benefit their game, after all it is a new game set years before the other, so yeah im cool with it, i feel the same way for the change in voice actor in the new thief game.

Jhooud:
I should probably google this, but who voiced the Batman for Injustice?

Kevin Conroy.

I think John DiMaggio did the Joker, but I could be wrong.

That's strike two for this game.

If it's Nolan North, many tables will be flipped.

Kevin Conroy's got plenty of experience voicing "younger" Batmans. He did it in Mask of the Phantasm and even Gotham Knights. So... I don't buy the excuse.

Unless it turns out the new voice actor is Will Friedle and it's all an elaborate prequel to Batman Beyond...

The Hero Killer:
Kevin Conroy voiced "a younger, brasher" version of Batman just fine on Mask of the Phantasm. He can do it here.

that was in 1993, maybe hes having problem hitting the higher notes so to speak

Although I love Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman, I can understand why the studio would want to go for a (what would probably be) a younger voice talent. If this takes place at least a decade before the Arkham series then...

I'll wait and see who they pick before making a judgement. Still hoping for a decent game from this.

Mnyeh do not want *pout*

The fact that it's not the original Arkham team has already put me off...

Eh, I must admit I'm not liking the recent trend of getting rid of distinctive voices in games. Ironside is out as Sam Fisher, Hayter is (probably, no-one can be 100% sure though thanks to Kojima fuckery) out as Snake, Bateson was so very nearly out as Agent 47, and now Conroy is out as Batman.

I'm worrying more and more that all voices in gaming are being made into one big mush voiced by Nolan North. Men, women, children, all with the Nathan Drake/Desmond Miles/Martin Walker/Prince of Persia style voice.

The Hero Killer:
Kevin Conroy voiced "a younger, brasher" version of Batman just fine on Mask of the Phantasm. He can do it here.

Eh... While the mannerisms were substantially different, the voice wasn't enough to fully convey the number of years that had passed in Gotham. It was like there was only a year's difference rather than a decade.

Still, easily my favorite Batman movie. I would love to see a cameo by Andrea in this game.

On topic: Let's see how the voicework is in the trailers before we damn the poor guy who has to fill Conroy's shoes...

IamLEAM1983:

Jhooud:
I should probably google this, but who voiced the Batman for Injustice?

Kevin Conroy.

I think John DiMaggio did the Joker, but I could be wrong.

No, DiMaggio did Joker in Under the Red Hood (incidentally, the Batman in that, who was not Kevin Conroy, was a decent Batman voice I could see being used).

Whoever did the atrocious Joker voice in Injustice was not DiMaggio.

Different Developer
Shoehorned-in Multiplayer
No Mark Hamill
No Kevin Conroy

You don't need to be the world's greatest detective to predict that this game won't be on the same level as its predecessors.

EDIT: though, if they're sticking with the "Silver Age" theme, they could always get Adam West to voice Batman

TsunamiWombat:
Whoever did the atrocious Joker voice in Injustice was not DiMaggio.

Oh. Wrong I was, then. All I know is that his voice reminds me of one of the stock VAs in Skyrim. Y'know, the one who voiced Proventus Avenicci?

Why not just use a filter to make his voice seem younger? Same for many other things there are so many audio tricks yet they refuse to use them to not make everyone in a game sound the same....

How about using edited clips from the first two Arkham games? I mean, come on. It's not like Batters will have a lot to say in this game that he won't have said (and therefore Conway would have recorded[1]) before.

[1] think also of the clips left on the cutting room floor

"Hey, you know those Batman games that sold like hotcakes?" said the Warner Brothers executive. "Let's get rid of everything good about them. Our customers are clearly sheep who won't notice if Rocksteady is gone, if we remove established voice actors and hey, we sure would like to add some of that... whatsitcalled... multiplayer! Kids do seem to like that these days! Okay, toodles!"

And then he whacked himself in the face with a shovel and proceeded to set fire to his own trousers.

So... Not a sequel to all the plot threads in Arkham City, but instead a prequel. No Hamill. No Conroy. Not made by RockSteady...

Warner Bros, remind me why I want to buy this game? Because I think I'm losing track...

Why does young Batman need a different voice? Conroy pretty much already sounded like that when he was twenty.

That said, I wouldn't mind if they got Bruce Greenwood. He did a pretty good job in Under the Red Hood. Just so long as they don't bring back Rino Romano (The Batman), he was terrible.

P.S. thanks

Close your eyes and imagine that Batman is talking to you. If the voice you hear isn't Kevin Conroy's, then you're doing it wrong.

What if the voice I hear is Christian Bale instead?

Space Jawa:

Close your eyes and imagine that Batman is talking to you. If the voice you hear isn't Kevin Conroy's, then you're doing it wrong.

What if the voice I hear is Christian Bale instead?

Then it's the voice you deserve...but not the one you need.

I don't mind it. Younger Batman. Makes sense. I also hope that the younger Batman isn't as beefed up.

I can't say I'm surprised. When I heard it was a prequel a young, inexperienced Batman, I knew Conroy wouldn't be voicing it. I love Conroy (favorite Batman ever), but his voice wouldn't work. He's got a grizzled, experienced sound to his Batman voice. A young Batman with a grizzled, experience voice would just sound off.

It just makes sense to me for someone else to do it. WB just needs to be very picky about who gets it (North should almost be out of the picture at this point, unless he can nail the voice down). Find someone who sounds "off" and the fan-hate will bomb this game before it ever comes out.

I hope they don't get the doofus who voiced batman in the Year One cartoon to do it... urgh... horrible.

Covarr:
Why does young Batman need a different voice? Conroy pretty much already sounded like that when he was twenty.

That said, I wouldn't mind if they got Bruce Greenwood. He did a pretty good job in Under the Red Hood. Just so long as they don't bring back Rino Romano (The Batman), he was terrible.

P.S. thanks

I would be in favor of Greenwood as well, he was decent in that and also in Young Justice. Of course no-one will come close to Conroy. I just hope it's not Nolan North as the above poster said he's in almost every game these days and it's getting weird.

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