Kevin Conroy Not Voicing Batman in Arkham Origins

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.

[Via Kotaku]

  1. Its a deal breaker for me. I was on the fence about it because of the different dev. Now they have fucked something up before even releasing any gameplay footage.

    • I wont go so far as to say deal breaker, but… I’m starting to get skeptical about it, it better be legendary to compensate the 2 best and most important VA’s of the series not being there.

  2. Definitely a deal breaker for me. The fact that it isn’t being developed by rockstar is enough to make me question this new game and now that Kevin Conroy isn’t that vioce it just won’t be the same. It doesn’t really make sense why he wouldn’t be a part of this new project. As said in the article he is the voice of Batman and it won’t be the same.

  3. I’m hoping this is because it’s a prequel and they just want a younger sounding Batman. Hopefully this is true and Conroy is doing Batman in Arkham 3.

  4. first David Hayter and now Kevin Conroy :(

  5. They should hire Christian Bale to do his “throat-cancer batman” voice this game. That, or Clint Eastwood. Fer seriously.

  6. Help save Batman! I created a petition to bring Kevin Conroy back as the voice of Batman in Arkham Origins. The petition will be sent to correspondents at several Warner Bros. Entertaimnent facilities, and from comments on this site, along with several other sources posting the latest update, majority of fans seem upset at the idea of losing Kevin Conroy.

    Please find the link to the petition below. Thank you for your time!

    https://www.change.org/petitions/warner-bros-bring-back-kevin-conroy-as-batman-in-arkham-origins

  7. “I am vengeance…I am the night…I am…BATMAN!”

  8. I bet rocksteady would have never done that ..ug i hate these mew guys…kevin conroy can voice younger and older and prime i hate them to me its a big deal breaker

  9. Kevin Conroy was the Batman I grew up with too. And making the game without Kevin Conroy is the ultimate disrespect to die hard Batman Fans. I’m not convinced that Kevin Conroy can’t change his vocal chords to a younger Batman. Kevin Conroy is a professional voice actor, this is what he does, his job. You’re not even giving him a chance. If you ask me, you people don’t know talent when you see one and also selfish. If no Kevin Conroy, then I won’t support the game at all. Remember it’s not the quantity that makes Batman good, it’s the quality.

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