For those of you who, like me, grew up watching Batman: The Animated Series, the voice of Kevin Conroy is more indicative of the caped crusader than any of the actors to put on the cowl in Hollywood’s many blockbuster adaptations. This is undoubtedly the reason why he was chosen to voice the character once again for the hugely successful Arkham games. And this is also why it was so surprising to learn he wouldn’t be playing the role in the upcoming prequel, Batman: Arkham Origins.
Thankfully, it was revealed during an interview at Dallas Comic Con that the popular voice actor won’t be completely absent from the game. While we don’t know who exactly will be graced by Conroy’s lauded tone, Warner Bros. was kind enough to reveal some of the actors who are in the cast and who they would be playing.
Batman’s gravelly voice will be the product of Roger Craig Smith, who has played other great action heroes like Ezio Auditore, Chris Redfield, and Sonic the Hedgehog. On the opposite side of the good/evil spectrum, Troy Baker has been giving the responsibility of playing the Joker, leaving him to fill the Mark Hamill’s very big shoes, and no, that was not a clown shoes joke. Baker is already an Arkham pro, having played Robin and Two-Face in past entries, though many gamers probably now know him for his portrayal of Booker DeWitt from Bioshock Infinite.
On a significantly less talkative tangent, Warner Bros. has also announced that Deathstroke will be playable in the game’s challenge levels as a preorder bonus.
Batman fans should keep their ear to the ground as there is no doubt in my mind we will be hearing a lot more about Batman: Arkham Origins, especially with E3 right around the corner.