Arkham City's voice of Batman not returning for Arkham Origins

Developer wants to use a younger voice actor, as the game features Batman in his early years.

Longtime Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy will not be reprising his role as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins.

South Africa's NAG magazine (via Batman News) reports that developer Warner Bros. Montreal wants "to use a new younger actor because the game features Batman in his early years," whereas Conroy's gravelly tones have always voiced a veteran Dark Knight.

Batman Arkham: Origins tells the story of Batman's early years in the Arkham series. It is the first game in the universe not to be developed by UK developer Rocksteady.

Conroy was the voice of Batman in Arkham Asylum and its sequel Arkham City, MMO DC Universe Online, and the recently released DC brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us.

He was also the voice of Batman for the '90s animated series, and many of the DC Universe animated series that followed.

Mark Hamill, voice of Batman nemesis the Joker, has also said he will not be returning to the role.

Batman Arkham: Origins will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U on October 25.

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kosmaspls
kosmaspls

WHY RUINED THE GAME?Why??????...

Meta_Dragon
Meta_Dragon

No original voice actors
Not made by rocksteady
Multiplayer!?

Wow, this game lost a customer before it even started. That is very rare...

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

No Rocksteady=No Buy. I can already see WB screwing up Origins. There track record for games is not good. If Rocksteady wasn't going do Origins than you don't freaking make the game.

Beerminator1
Beerminator1

This game is a prequel, so I understand that the younger Batman can't have the same voice as the older one. But why not hire Kevin Conroy and then just use some computer software to high pitch the voice a little bit and everyone's happy

ScorpSt
ScorpSt

Well, it was fun while it lasted. No Kevin Conroy + no Mark Hamill + no Rocksteady = no Buy for me.

knife_expert96
knife_expert96

Fine with me as long as the new actor is good & the gameplay is good.

Kaixa23
Kaixa23

As long as the new guy does not sound as bad as Christian Bale's batman voice I'll be pretty happy

franki91
franki91

Guys, I understand the skepticism coming from most of you who commented. To me also Kevin Conroy is a legend, but I must recommend you to watch the animated version of Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One". Benjamin McKenzie put up a great performance there and since the developers of the game have already stated that Year One is one of their main inspirations, I believe he is a suitable choice. :) 

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

I honestly don't care who voices him, it's a game not a movie, so it's all about the gameplay for me. The only thing that has potential to be gamebreaking is the multiplayer...

tightwad34
tightwad34

Oh well, nothing of importance to me here. If there's something that's going to affect the gameplay, then let me know. Hell, I barely remember what the voice sounded like from the first two games.

quakke
quakke

I guess i can live with Joker's soundanimator changing. But come on! Strip Batman from his gadgets, and it's going to be as lame, as new 007 movies like Skyfall and QoS are. I don't want to see how Batman became the bat. Batman Begins movie allready did that, perfectly. I want some puresteel Arkham gameplay. Not some sissying around.

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

wtf is this???how dare you???you just dont wanna pay the big cashet to conroy and Hammil first was the fucking multiplayer now this??I have a bad feeling about this game.

ryancyc
ryancyc

Conroy's natural speaking voice could already pass for a young Batman, and I'm pretty sure a voice actor can handle simply sounding a bit younger...

Ceclor
Ceclor

Big mistake.  BIG mistake. 

Conroy HAS done a younger sounding Batman and Bruce Wayne on at least two occasions that I can recall.  "Mask of the Phantasm" and a few episodes of TAS Batman.  Conroy CAN do a younger Batman.

No Hamil, no Conroy, no Batman.  Sorry.  But this game already has a very big strike against it. 

Conroy IS the voice of Batman.  That is it.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Makes sense. Hopefully whoever they get will be good.

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

christian bale would be good . muahahahhaha

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

This game is a farce.  First they ditch the original studio.  Then they shove in tacked-on multiplayer.  Now they're fucking up the voice actors.

Don't fall for it, people.

TimboII
TimboII

His voice was the best dark knight I've heard. This seems like a mistake.

sayitbetter
sayitbetter

They're not reinventing the wheel, ditching proven actors doesn't make it fresh or new. 

It's my guess that the budget on this game is so low that it won't even see a good polish.

How much money was spent on marketing/advertising for Arkham City? Was even a 1/3 of that necessary? 

Anyone that pays full price for this title is getting robbed.


FlameBoyBen
FlameBoyBen

There's only bad news coming from this game...

still reeling from the multiplayer announcement

Pol1amorou5
Pol1amorou5

Kevin Conroy had not "always voiced a veteran Dark Knight". In Mask of The Phantasm, they explained the origins of Batman The Animated Series, with Kevin Conroy performing wonderfully as Bruce Wayne before batman, an inexperienced Batman, AND a verteran Batman, and it was amazing. They should bring him back.

macrules_640
macrules_640

Why no Kevin Conroy? He's the voice of Batman most fans can relate too and besides Kevin is a talented guy, he could make his voice sound younger. He does it with Bruce Wayne for goodness sake!

OuTLaWzGamer
OuTLaWzGamer

Not the same batman voice nor the same joker voice...why do they bother??

theonesofgames
theonesofgames

Seeing as how Conroy voices Batman all the time he must be glad to get a break for once. And also I would like to see how this works out. 

Smilemax
Smilemax

Fine for me. Anyway in the french version, i'm pretty sure they will put the same voice acting, lol

Soviet-Ambition
Soviet-Ambition

Good. With respect to Conroy, I'm honestly tired of hearing him every time Batman needs a voice. I'm sure there are plenty of unheard of voice actors that are extremely talented, but they won't ever get noticed if we keep hiring Troy Baker, Nolan North, Steve Blum, etc. I'm sick of it. Stop complaining. Bruce Greenwood from Under the Red Hood and Young Justice does a great job as Batman. Its getting more and more difficult for me to enjoy games because I'm painfully aware of recycled voice actors. Yes, Conroy and Hamil are legends. I'm not refuting that, but enough is enough.

Big_Pecks
Big_Pecks

Voice change doesn't happen when you're a grown man. Batman must be a late bloomer.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

I actually don't mind this. I can see where they are coming from and it makes sense.

However, I can see many, many people who can't get passed Conroy and Hamill. I think they really need to get over it.

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

First they killed off the joker, now it's a different batman voice. Are they trying to sabotage batman?

Ledah
Ledah

What's going on with this game? Are they actually trying to get the success of the others? Especially with the addition of multiplayer.

CaptainGamespot
CaptainGamespot

new developer. new voice actor. not really dying to have this one.

Ibra8
Ibra8

origins = younger voice

dussan2
dussan2

Complete fail.  Their only hope is to get Bruce Greenwood, but he costs as much as Conrad.  What a failure this game is already.

kisado87
kisado87

Mark Hamil retired from the Joker role a while ago. No Kevin Conroy? SOUNDS LIKE THEY WANT TO SAVE MONEY!

Solid_Chub
Solid_Chub

I'll be too busy with Phantom pain, dark souls 2, gta5 and rayman legends next fall to worry about this.

berethor099
berethor099

No Kevin Conroy, and No Rocksteady.  But instead there will be MULITPLAYER!!!........yeah this game get's farther and farther down the toilet by the minute. 

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

This game would do a better job if it just didnt pretend to be part of the arkham canon. If they let it exist as its own game, I am sure the fans, including me, wouldnt be so up in arms about them scrapping the key bits that made the arkham series, "Arkham"

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I don't care what reason they use. They didn't want to pay the voice actor so they hired someone else cheap.


No Mark Hamill no Kevin Conroy= most likely won't be buying.

deth420
deth420

Im sorry but kevin conroy is the voice of batman!

Ospon
Ospon

Not a good decision.

LimeDudeZ
LimeDudeZ

Well ladies and gentlemen I have onlyn one thing to say...FFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kvan33
kvan33

Warner Bros. Montreal wants "to use a new younger actor..."

...because Arkham: Origins is a low budget cash-in attempt and the original voice actor costs too much.

cagedwolf
cagedwolf

Holey change of direction, Batman


Shut up Robin

ChezueZ
ChezueZ

Good! I always tought he was absolutely terrible.