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.

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

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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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