Is Kevin Conroy Voicing Batman in Arkham Origins?
Earlier it was previously reported that Kevin Conroy (the voice talent behind Bruce Wayne/Batman for the past generation for a number of animated series & video games) would not be voicing Batman for Warner Bros. Montreal’s upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins video game release this October. Because Arkham Origins is to introduce a much younger, less experienced Batman, it was believed the actor voicing Batman also needed to be younger; not Conroy’s deep, husky voice that would seem to be a mismatch for the development studio’s vision.
However, during a recent Q&A session at the Dallas Comic-Con, Conroy was quoted saying that he had been involved with the “next Arkham game” for the past “nine or ten months.” Conroy doesn’t ever mention Arkham Origins specifically as the project he’s been working on, but does say that the project he has been working on has already been announced.
If you’ve missed it, here is the complete 51-minute Q&A session with Kevin Conroy at the Dallas Comic-Con compliments of Oswald Vinueza:
(Video courtesy of Oswald Vinueza, YouTube)
I grew up watching a lot of the animated series where Kevin Conroy voiced Batman for over 20 years now, so for me, Kevin Conroy IS Batman. Are you as happy as I am about Kevin Conroy reprising his role once again as the Dark Knight? Leave your comments below.
Thanks to reader Stuart Kent (@Stuart_451 on Twitter), I have been given new information regarding who is voicing Batman for Arkham Origins and sadly it’s not Kevin Conroy after all. According to an article published by IGN, Batman has been “confirmed” to be voiced by Roger Craig Smith. The same article also confirms that Troy Baker has bee confirmed to be voicing The Joker.
So this now leads to ask what project was Kevin Conroy eluding to in his Q&A session at the Dallas Comic Con. Conroy was clearly quoted in saying,
“I can talk about it now, we’ve been working for about 9-10 months on the next Arkham.”
But if not for Origins, then what? IGN’s article poses 3 possibilities: 1) Conroy is present in Origins in a framing sense, providing the voice of an older Batman reflecting on his youth, 2) He’s providing the voice for another character in the game, or 3) he’s talking about the next-generation Batman: Arkham game speculated to be in development.
In any regard, as I learn more details surrounding Arkham Origins or any future Arkham projects, I’ll be sure to pass them along.
And again, a special thanks to Stuart Kent for providing the correct updated information relating to this story. I always want to give credit where credit is due.
Among the confusion surrounding Kevin Conroy’s recent Q&A at the Dallas Comic-Con and his statement about his work on a new Arkham game, we finally have a little more clarification. According to Batman-News, Conroy sent out this message:
“Confusion in Dallas! I am in new ARKHAM GAME coming soon, NOT ARKHAM ORIGINS coming this fall.”
If taken directly at face value, Conroy seems to be eluding to another Arkham game project in development after Origins, which hasn’t been officially announced yet, but could be the first title being developed for the next-gen consoles, as IGN speculates.
If there is a new Arkham game to be coming out sometime after the release of Origins, I’ll be sure to keep posting updates as I learn of them.