Resident Evil, BioShock voice actors behind Batman: Arkham Origins

Roger Craig Smith and Troy Baker to play Batman and the Joker respectively in upcoming action game; Deathstroke confirmed as playable character.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today revealed voice actors for the leading roles in Batman: Arkham Origins. The Dark Knight will be played by Roger Craig Smith, while the Joker will be brought to life by Troy Baker, according to a new report from Joystiq.

Smith and Baker are voice-over veterans. Smith provided the voice work for Chris Redfield in Resident Evil 6 and for Ezio Auditore de Firenze in Assassin's Creed II. More recently, Smith played the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in Disney's animated film Wreck-It-Ralph.

As for Baker, he is already familiar with the Batman series, having provided voice work for numerous characters in Batman: Arkham City, including Harvey Dent and Robin. Baker most recently played Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite and will be heard as Joel in Naughty Dog's upcoming postapocalyptic game The Last of Us.

Though longtime Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy will not play the Caped Crusader in Batman: Arkham Origins, he has been confirmed for the game. It was recently revealed that Conroy has already spent 10 months working on the game, though his contribution to the project is unknown.

Batman: Arkham Origins launches October 25 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U. A 3DS game--Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate--will launch the same day for the 3DS and PlayStation Vita developed by a group of former Metroid Prime developers at Armature Studios.

Warner Bros. also confirmed today that Deathstroke will be a playable character in Batman: Arkham Origins. Gamers who preorder the title will receive early access to the Deathstroke pack. For more on Batman: Arkham Origins, check out the game's all-new trailer below.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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elbauto
elbauto

OKAY!Nice... Hope change is for the best, just weird without Mark Hamill but as Joker won't be the principal villain...

franzito
franzito

I'm kinda tired of Mr. Baker's voice, I mean, he's in Persona 4, Catherine, Silent Hill HD, RE 6, jeez...

Johny_47
Johny_47

Those are both great Voice actors, I like them in Assassins Creed 2 and Red Faction Guerrilla but it's all about the batman feel and they're both not suited for the roles in my opinion. I'll see how it turns out but I'd much prefer the animated series voice actors to do it again like they did in Arkham Asylum.

Und3rDog027
Und3rDog027

This is just like the news of David Hayter not voicing Big Boss in the upcoming MGS title. What a shame...

Imperiusmax
Imperiusmax

Too bad Luke I mean Mark Hamill wont be reprising his role as Joker. Nobody does Jokers voice better than him.

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

No...No...and no!  Sorry, it's just not the same without Conroy and Hamil. Have you listened to dimaggio from "Injustic among the Gods"? As hard as he tries he never really attains the devilish glee that exuberates from Hamil's portrayal of the joker. That's like another voice for Marcus Fenix....(Lord no!) Character actors are often what make the characters. Otherwise you get Daniel Craig as bond. He's fine in his own right, and a pretty darn good actor, just not totally bond.

Navardo95
Navardo95

Conroy doing the voice-over of a character for over 10 months for a game but I don't think he said for "which" game...having Conroy on a Batman game but not giving him to voice Batman? This could only mean one thing....Rocksteady is secretly working on a next-gen sequel to Arkham City :)

sknight175216
sknight175216

Also why not get John Dimaggio (one of my favorite voice actors by the way) to be Joker? Or Kevin Michael Richardson (one of my other favorites ha ha :P).

sknight175216
sknight175216

No hate against anybody, but I'm so sad that Conroy and Hamill aren't doing it. I mean they basically ARE those characters.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Good voice acting will guarantee an excellent game. I hope it doesn't flop!!!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

At least they didn't go cheap with the voice-talent. Going with veterans eases some of my hesitation with the title.

Ceclor
Ceclor

Ten months?  It should not take ten months to record a game's dialogue.  Heck, it took Malcom McDowell one hour to record all of his dialoge for God of War III and he did it one take!  What was Conroy doing for ten months?

My guess is that this game is some kind of flashback.  Batman has to relive an old case to get information on a current one. 

I still do not like the fact that Conroy is not doing the voice of Batman.  He CAN do a young Batman / Bruce Wayne.  This game still has a big strike against it.  I do not care what the new Batman voice actor has done.  Roger Craig Smith is NOT Batman. 

DanteDemon92
DanteDemon92

It's a shame Conroy and Hamill won't be returning as voice actors; however, I'm not going to put down Smith and Baker, saying "they aren't fit for the role." They're both excellent voice actors and I'm sure they'll be able to handle these roles. Also, definitely preordering for the Deathstroke early access!

ziproy
ziproy

Glad to see more Batman but come one, there are two prequels being developed at the same time. Doesn't that seem wrong to anyone

nujee619
nujee619

ummm, didnt joker die in the last game????? or this is a prequel???

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

Honestly, Mark Hamill's Joker is the best voice-acting I've ever heard in any medium. EVER.

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

well, at least they have good actors to replace actors as awesome as Conroy and Hamill.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I had a heart palpitation when I read the headline. When I saw "Resident Evil" with no number specified I had horrible visions of Batman saying something like "That was a close one! You were almost a Robin sandwich!" :P

Arsyad00
Arsyad00

all i want is more awesome gameplay from the already awesome batman akrham city.**** voices, im juz gonna ned to read the subtitle anywei

Deadly_Nemesis
Deadly_Nemesis

So Booker/Sonic is playing Bats eh....he better not sound like Booker(Who pretty much sounded like Nathan Drake)

Evanduil
Evanduil

It seems like Warner Bros. released this as a reaction to what Conroy said in Dallas.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

It just won't be the same without Conroy as Bats. I know this is meant to be a prequel, but frankly unless this is pre-puberty Bruce his voice wouldn't change that much.

Very intrigued to find out what Conroy's contribution will be.

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

It will not be the same thing..not even close fuck that

BFKZ
BFKZ

troy baker also did snow in ff13...awesome :)

radikel
radikel

Conroy & Hamill...the only real Batman & Joker (apart from Bale and ledger, god bless his soul!!!)

Thinking Kevin will voice-over as a narrative role though.

ALso, is this a Rocksteady game???

Xethrayne
Xethrayne

Damn it! I, really, want to play this game! All I can do at this point is pre-order it; which I will, definitely, be doing. 

It's good to hear Kevin Conroy is still in the game; here's to hoping it will be a narrative role. I'm disappointed Mark Hamill will be leaving for now; hopefully, he will come back. 

I, really, like Resident Evil; though, I'm intrigued on how they'll use Smith's voice. 

Deadshot, Black Mask, and Deathstroke; what a good selection of antagonists. 

As you can see, I'm dying to play this game.

hydrobeast
hydrobeast

and here i was hoping that Bruce Greenwood or Ben McKenzie would do the voices. 


toddx77
toddx77

Roger will do a great job with younger Batman and I am curious to see how Troy does the Joker although I know he can do it. I met him at a con once and took a pic with him. He's pretty cool.

Reflecting_God
Reflecting_God

@OneStrong2 That's not Dimaggio in Injustice. It's Richard Epcar. Troy Baker's Joker is not too shabby. It sounds like a younger Mark Hamill and fits completely with what they've given us already.

Henry_The_Red
Henry_The_Red

@OneStrong2 Just for the record Richard Epcar played the Joker in Injustice. While not as good as Hamil's, I still thought it was decent. I like Troy Baker though, I think he'll do a good job.

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

That's like Kratos without the rich baritone of T.C Carson. Man, that's just wrong!

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

@Navardo95 

With the joker out of the picture, it will be interesting to see who the next villian will be.

ziproy
ziproy

@nujee619 This is the second of two prequels. The other is supposedly a comic book cell-shaded affair made by Rocksteady; that's the one to wait on.

This one's just a cheap cash in

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

@radikel I don't care much for Christian Bale, but the movies were so well written that I could see past that.

Maxd76
Maxd76

@radikel no, Rockstedy is not involved with this one this is WB Montreal

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

@Henry_The_Red @OneStrong2 

Correct,however; he did the voice of the joker in "under the red hood" and his version, while somewhat compatible, still never quite achieves the performance of Hamil. 

Navardo95
Navardo95

@OneStrong2 KRATOS VOICED BY CHRISTIAN BALE!

nujee619
nujee619

@ziproy @nujee619 Aaaah, thanks for clarifying it mate......yea id rather wait for the rocksteady one....dont know about this being a cheap cash in but still...........gold rule, if it aint broke, dont fix it, not sure why they would change the devs