The new voice of the Joker, Troy Baker.

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#1 Edited by Randolph (10346 posts) -

Some folks were pretty upset when they found out Mark "Luke Skywalker" Hamil wouldn't be The Joker in Arkham Origins. (we don't like change!) Well, out those concerns away, he's great. How do you know? Well, listen to him read a paragraph from The Killing Joke, and see for yourself.

This is a link to an article about the video with more details on Mr.Bakers increasingly impressive resume. He could be the next Nolan North.

#2 Posted by muthsera666 (13271 posts) -

I wasn't necessarily upset, but I was kind of surprised that Hamil wasn't going to be doing the voice anymore.

However, Baker is flippin awesome in this. His name sounds really familiar for some reason.

#3 Posted by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

Every time i hear Troy Baker, I just think of "The Boss" from Saints Row. He's been in tons of games though. He's in danger of reaching Nolan North levels of VO saturation.

#4 Posted by Randolph (10346 posts) -

Every time i hear Troy Baker, I just think of "The Boss" from Saints Row. He's been in tons of games though. He's in danger of reaching Nolan North levels of VO saturation.

Yeah, Jesus I hear Nolan North in almost everything, and it harms the experience because when I hear him, I always hear Nathan Drake. Much like how when I hear Jennifer Hale I always think of a spacefaring lesbian war machine.

#5 Edited by Grammaton-Cleric (7513 posts) -

Thanks for the link, that was awesome.

He actually sounds quite a bit like Hamil in his rendition which makes sense given that they wanted the Joker in Origins to sound like the Joker from the other games.

I remember reading that Hamil said he was done with the character after Arkham City (his voice just can't take it anymore) so it's good to know they have found somebody capable of carrying on the character in a similar vocal fashion.

Also, Origins is shaping up to be a pretty great game despite not being helmed by Rocksteady.

#6 Edited by dvader654 (44752 posts) -

He is beyond Nolan North already. The man has done the greatest VO work in gaming history with TLOU. His Joker is fantastic, mostly cause it sounds just like Hamill.

The key thing for Baker is that his characters dont all sound the same. Booker doesnt sound like Joel who doesn't sound like Jake Mueller.

#7 Edited by vivianfu (7 posts) -

Do You Have More Time to Play MMO

#8 Posted by BranKetra (47523 posts) -

Since Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill both voiced Batman character all the way back to the 90s Animated Series, I guess they teamed together for the first two Arkham games. Maybe Mark Hamill decided upon himself that he would not do voice work for another Arkham game without him. Then again, maybe not.

#9 Edited by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

@BranKetra said:

Since Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill both voiced Batman character all the way back to the 90s Animated Series, I guess they teamed together for the first two Arkham games. Maybe Mark Hamill decided upon himself that he would not do voice work for another Arkham game without him. Then again, maybe not.

What I read, and this could be wrong, was that doing the Joker was straining his voice too much. And since his voice is kind of his meal ticket, he was opting to leave the role to the next actor who wanted to take it up. Again, not saying it's true, just what I read somewhere.

I did see a video not long before Arkham City where he commented on not thinking there was much more he could do as Joker. That over the years he'd done more than he'd ever hoped from the Animated Series to the great games, to the reprisal in Batman Beyond. I had half expected he was angling for more money, but with Troy Baker taking up the role I guess one of those must be close to the truth. Who knows?

In my mind, Hamilll is the ultimate Joker. Better than any before and not likely to be toppled from that position. Joker has to be manic, funny, scary, and a full blown sociopath all in the same character. That has to be taxing and he handled it like a champ.

#10 Edited by Randolph (10346 posts) -

Mark was actually swearing off doing The Joker anymore before Arkham City if I remember correctly, but he ended up doing it just one more time. Heck, I could have sworn he mentioned in an article before Asylum was released that years of working on animated series as The Joker had strained his voice very badly. (specifically, the laugh) We got used to Mark, and he'll always be remembered as one of the best, but their will be other Jokers, and they'll do just fine. I liked the guy who did The Joker in The Dark Knight Returns a whole bunch too. In fact, I just loved that whole thing, it was great.

#11 Posted by S0lidSnake (29001 posts) -

So let me get this straight:

Bioshock Infinite - Booker
The Last of Us - Joel
Batman Arkham Origins - Joker
Infamous Second Son - Whats his face (lead)
Metal Gear Solid 5 - Mother f*cking Ocelot.

The guy is the Daniel Day Lewis of video games.

Yes, I said it!

#12 Posted by darkspineslayer (19367 posts) -

Such a talented guy, even more so Nolan North, who you can usually tell right away when it's him.

#13 Posted by dvader654 (44752 posts) -

Hamill has way BIGGER things in the works now than voicing a video game so I am fine with him leaving Joker. Time to start Jedi training again.

#14 Edited by dvader654 (44752 posts) -

So let me get this straight:

Bioshock Infinite - Booker

The Last of Us - Joel

Batman Arkham Origins - Joker

Infamous Second Son - Whats his face (lead)

Metal Gear Solid 5 - Mother f*cking Ocelot.

The guy is the Daniel Day Lewis of video games.

Yes, I said it!

Dude was Two-Face AND Robin in Arkham CIty. Kai Leng in ME3. Snow in FFXIII.

#15 Posted by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

Such a talented guy, even more so Nolan North, who you can usually tell right away when it's him.

Oh I don't know about that. Nolan has done lots of characters and changed up his voice significantly. He was Penguin in Arkham City, and the "SPAAAAAAAACE" robot in Portal 2. He's got some range. Of course Baker does too. They're both supremely talented VO actors.

#16 Posted by dvader654 (44752 posts) -

@darkspineslayer said:

Such a talented guy, even more so Nolan North, who you can usually tell right away when it's him.

Oh I don't know about that. Nolan has done lots of characters and changed up his voice significantly. He was Penguin in Arkham City, and the "SPAAAAAAAACE" robot in Portal 2. He's got some range. Of course Baker does too. They're both supremely talented VO actors.

His David in TLOU is amazing. Sadly most companies just want North to be North.

#17 Posted by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

@ZZoMBiE13 said:

@darkspineslayer said:

Such a talented guy, even more so Nolan North, who you can usually tell right away when it's him.

Oh I don't know about that. Nolan has done lots of characters and changed up his voice significantly. He was Penguin in Arkham City, and the "SPAAAAAAAACE" robot in Portal 2. He's got some range. Of course Baker does too. They're both supremely talented VO actors.

His David in TLOU is amazing. Sadly most companies just want North to be North.

There's probably a joke about compasses in that line if I could be bothered to try... but I can't. :P

#18 Posted by Randolph (10346 posts) -

Oh I don't know about that. Nolan has done lots of characters and changed up his voice significantly. He was Penguin in Arkham City

Oh wow, I take back my earlier criticism then, that's the first time I've played a game where he was in the cast and had no idea it was him.

#19 Posted by dvader654 (44752 posts) -

@Randolph said:

@ZZoMBiE13 said:

Oh I don't know about that. Nolan has done lots of characters and changed up his voice significantly. He was Penguin in Arkham City

Oh wow, I take back my earlier criticism then, that's the first time I've played a game where he was in the cast and had no idea it was him.

He's Sigmund in Ratchet and Clank ACIN.

#20 Posted by Randolph (10346 posts) -

He's Sigmund in Ratchet and Clank ACIN.

Never knew that, but only because I've never played Ratchet and Clank, aside from about ten minutes of the brief PSN game Quest for Booty, before I determined it just wasn't my thing.

#21 Posted by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

@Randolph said:

@ZZoMBiE13 said:

Oh I don't know about that. Nolan has done lots of characters and changed up his voice significantly. He was Penguin in Arkham City

Oh wow, I take back my earlier criticism then, that's the first time I've played a game where he was in the cast and had no idea it was him.

Look at his IMDB sometime. The guy has a stunning list of credits.

#22 Posted by Randolph (10346 posts) -

I still remember the day I found out that the voice of Bender was Marcus Fenix. :) Blew my mind.

#23 Posted by dvader654 (44752 posts) -

@Randolph said:

I still remember the day I found out that the voice of Bender was Marcus Fenix. :) Blew my mind.

He also did a fantastic Joker in Under the Red Hood.

#24 Posted by Randolph (10346 posts) -

@Randolph said:

I still remember the day I found out that the voice of Bender was Marcus Fenix. :) Blew my mind.

He also did a fantastic Joker in Under the Red Hood.

I did not know that, but now that I think about it, that doesn't surprise me. It was a rather throaty version of The Joker. (and was, like TDKR, a fantastic animated movie)

#25 Posted by nini200 (9387 posts) -

Well Hamill, you had a good run. This guy sounds darn near identical to you. I hear very slight differences in their voices but you really have to listen hard to hear it. This guy will be a great replacement

#26 Posted by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

@Randolph said:

@dvader654 said:

@Randolph said:

I still remember the day I found out that the voice of Bender was Marcus Fenix. :) Blew my mind.

He also did a fantastic Joker in Under the Red Hood.

I did not know that, but now that I think about it, that doesn't surprise me. It was a rather throaty version of The Joker. (and was, like TDKR, a fantastic animated movie)

John DiMaggio did a fantastic Joker. But Bender will always be his best role for me.

#27 Posted by Randolph (10346 posts) -

@nini200 said:

Well Hamill, you had a good run. This guy sounds darn near identical to you. I hear very slight differences in their voices but you really have to listen hard to hear it. This guy will be a great replacement

You can tell in the laugh that it's not same guy. The voice while speaking simply sounds like a younger version of the Hamill Joker.

#28 Posted by GamingTitan (495 posts) -

well im sold~

#29 Posted by ShepardCommandr (2150 posts) -

Not as good as Mark Hamil.It's just not the same for me.

Either way i don't care about this game.The series ended with AC and didn't another one.

#30 Posted by GodModeEnabled (15314 posts) -

He is probably the greatest VO in gaming right now sides Nolan North, very talented guy.

#31 Edited by El_Zo1212o (6001 posts) -

I knew everyone would relax when they found out he's basically Hamill Joker 2.0. I had to laugh when he tried to claim his Joker wasn't supposed to be Hamill Joker 2.0, when it so obviously(intentionally or not) is just that.

Mark Hamill was the defining Joker in my time, but from the very first time I heard him in Arkham Asylum, I knew he just didn't have it in him anymore.

#32 Edited by Phantom_Leo (7054 posts) -

This is all fine and good BUT WHAT COLOR IS BATMAN'S CAPE ? ! ? !

:P

#33 Posted by IndianaPwns39 (5037 posts) -

@Randolph said:

@ZZoMBiE13 said:

Every time i hear Troy Baker, I just think of "The Boss" from Saints Row. He's been in tons of games though. He's in danger of reaching Nolan North levels of VO saturation.

Yeah, Jesus I hear Nolan North in almost everything, and it harms the experience because when I hear him, I always hear Nathan Drake. Much like how when I hear Jennifer Hale I always think of a spacefaring lesbian war machine.

It depends on who's directing him. North has incredible talent but most companies just want him to be himself. His Penguin and David from TLoU were practically unrecognizable.

However, I know what you mean. Hearing North's normal voice takes me out of the experience. I feel the same way with Steve Blum who has so many VO credits and so few voices it's insane.

#34 Posted by GodModeEnabled (15314 posts) -

This is all fine and good BUT WHAT COLOR IS BATMAN'S CAPE ? ! ? !

:P

Pink.

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#38 Posted by S0lidSnake (29001 posts) -

@Randolph said:

@ZZoMBiE13 said:

Oh I don't know about that. Nolan has done lots of characters and changed up his voice significantly. He was Penguin in Arkham City

Oh wow, I take back my earlier criticism then, that's the first time I've played a game where he was in the cast and had no idea it was him.

Have you played TLOU?

#39 Posted by Randolph (10346 posts) -

Have you played TLOU?

Nope, not even one tiddly little bit.

#41 Edited by Metamania (11955 posts) -

If I remember correctly, he played Yuri Lowell in Tales Of Vesperia. :)

Also, this may blow some of you away, since this is new, but I looked him up on IMDB and it looks like he'll be playing Ocelot for MGS V.

#42 Edited by El_Zo1212o (6001 posts) -

@Metamania: CHRIST! Who's REALLY the star of that series? Snake or Ocelot?!