Christmas Eve. Two years after the birth of The Bat. It’s safe to assume that Bats survives the night (given that this is a prequel to Arkham Asylum and Arkham City), but it looks to be one hell of a night.
Fans of The Animated Series and the previous Arkham games will be disappointed to hear that Luke Skywalker will not be reprising his iconic role as the Clown Prince of Crime. This isn’t too terribly unexpected as Kevin Conroy won’t be returning to voice Batman as the developer is hoping for a new, younger voice to fill the role of a less experienced Batman. Filling the roles of Batman and the Joker will be Roger Craig Smith (Assassin’s Creed II’s Ezio) and Troy Baker (Bioshock Infinite’s Booker DeWitt) respectively.
According to GamesRadar, Smith’s Batman tries to emulate the sound of Conroy’s Caped Crusader but “lacks the conviction” for the role. Having not heard the actor’s interpretation of the character, it’s hard to make my own judgment, but it’s hard not to wonder why not just have Conroy return if your voice actor is going to sound like a clone without the heart. Baker’s Joker, on the other hand, apparently successfully emulates the sound and style of Mark Hamill’s performances which GamesRadar says he “nails.” Not having Hamill return may have to do with the actor not wanting to voice the Joker again–he had said that his performance in Arkham City would be his last turn as the Joker.
Batman: Arkham Origins releases for Xbox 360, PS3, WiiU, and PC on October 25 this year.
The first teaser for the upcoming prequel to Rocksteady’s excellent Arkham games is now online. It doesn’t show much other than Batman locked in combat with Deathstroke, but it ends with the promise of a full trailer on May 20th. To get your first look at what this game hopes to be, check out the teaser below. Batman: Arkham Origins releases October 25, 2013.
Arkham Origins developer WB Montreal has passed on casting Kevin Conroy, who has voiced Batman in multiple titles since Batman: The Animated Series, as Batman in the upcoming videogame. WB Montreal stated that since Arkham Origins is an origin story featuring Bruce Wayne in his younger years, they’re looking for someone younger to fill the role. While fans of Conroy’s voice work as the caped crusader will be disappointed, it is understandable that they’d cast an actor with a younger sounding voice to portray Batman in his earlier years. No news as to whether or not Mark Hamill will reprise his role as The Joker.