by Aaron Einhorn
For many fans, the definitive take on Batman on-screen hasn’t come at the hands of Adam West, Michael Keaton or Christian Bale. Instead, it has been in the animated production of Batman: The Animated Series and the other DC Animated Universe series which have followed it. And for those fans, Batman is and always will be Kevin Conroy.
These same fans rejoiced when they found out that Conroy would be providing the voice for the Dark Knight in Batman: Arkham Asylum, the new video game from Eidos Interactive, and that he’d be joined by many of his former companions.
In an interview with Wired Conroy confesses to not being up-to-date with the comics, but says he has a deep connection to the character after playing him for so many years.
So, with that deep connection, how has Conroy felt about the portrayals of Batman and the Joker in the recent films directed by Christopher Nolan?
First, Conroy spoke about the Joker, describing how Mark Hamil has returned to voice the character for the game. “Mark is incredible as always,” Conroy said. “There’s no one I’d rather have voicing The Joker.”. Conroy went on to explain. “I think Mark created the definitive ‘crazy’ Joker. There’s no question Heath Ledger gave an unbelievable performance in The Dark Knight as a scheming, anarchist Joker. But Mark perfected that fun, insane character.”
“Reuniting the cast and so many people from the animated series made Arkham Asylum such a great experience,” Conroy added. “After working with (the animated series crew) for so many years, you develop a shorthand that allows everything to work really smoothly.”
But what about Bale’s growl for Batman in The Dark Knight, which earned derision from many fans? Conroy was slightly less charitable, saying “I thought Christian was excellent as Bruce Wayne, but I didn’t understand his choices there. I thought it was over the top and distracted from his scenes as Batman. I’m not sure what they were going for there.” Conroy tried to soften the blow, adding “But, what do I know?”