Kevin Conroy won’t be voicing Batman in Arkham Origins after all.
Apparently the voice of Batman from the animated series and the last two Arkham games won’t be the same in Batman: Arkham Origins. Sorry about the confusion.
When Kevin Conroy took to Twitter and said “Confusion in Dallas! I am in new ARKHAM GAME coming soon, NOT ARKHAM ORIGINS coming this fall,” he may have let the bat out of the bag about future game plans. He said they (he and the developers) have been working on something for months and he wasn’t allowed to say anything. He may have been referring to another Arkham game on the horizon after Batman: Arkham Origins.
According to Warner Bros., the Twitter account used was Kevin Conroy’s official one.
At the Dallas Comic Con Kevin Conroy had said, “I can talk about it now, we’ve been working for about 9-10 months on the next Arkham.” Thus the confusion began. We had assumed he was talking about Arkham Origins, but apparently there is another Batman game he has signed up for after that.
Instead the voice of Batman in Arkham Origins is going to be Robert Craig Smith, possibly reflecting a younger and less experienced Bruce Wayne, considering it is a prequel to the series that began with Batman: Arkham Asylum.
In Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman meets a lot of the major villains for the first time. If you look into Batman canon on villains, you’ll notice that most of them wouldn’t exist if it hadn’t been for Batman, so technically, the Dark Knight needed to exist in full form before all of the criminal life in Gotham City decided to get all vengeant.
For some reason, as Batman hardens and becomes the hero of Gotham City full time, his voice changes. We’re reminded of Christian Bale’s sudden need to growl in The Dark Knight.
So there you go. The voice of Batman in Batman: Arkham Origins is the guy who voiced Ezio Auditore da Firenze in Assassin’s Creed 2, Robert Craig Smith. And Kevin Conroy is supposedly returning as the caped crusader in an Arkham game after this one.
How do you feel about Batman’s voice being changed in Batman: Arkham Origins?