I’m cautiously optimistic about the forthcoming prequel, Batman: Arkham Origins. Though it’s not being developed by series creator Rocksteady Studios, it still might work out. But today we’ve learned that Kevin Conroy, the voice actor whose performance as the Caped Crusader is thought to be without peer, will not be involved in the creation of the new game. Boo.
The news comes by way of a post on Kotaku, which points the way to a report in the South African gaming magazine NAG. There, it’s been reported that WB Montreal is going “to use a new younger actor because the game features Batman in his early years.”
That’s a fine idea, I suppose. I can’t fault them for that. But I am going to call a little bit of bullshit on that idea because of this:
Kevin Conroy voices Batman and Bruce Wayne in this movie, which is based on the animated series he’d helped make legendary with his voice work in the first place. And in Mask of the Phantasm, there are plenty of scenes where we go back to Batman’s early days…and it’s still Kevin Conroy. He’s a very good actor, so he can do “young” when he needs to.
And also: Christian Bale did all three of the new Christopher Nolan movies that depicted Batman moving through the beginning, middle, and end of his career. It happened.
I’m not saying that the loss of Kevin Conroy is a deal breaker…but it is a major bummer. As far as I’m concerned, his voice is Batman. Not hearing him under the cowl is a serious drag, man.