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Arkham Origins Gets New Batman Voice Actor, But Keeps The Old One


Marshall Henderson

For a guy who specializes so heavily in stealth, it is weird how iconic Batman's voices are. Even

is... well, people know it. It's a big job, having to make the decision to replace Batman's voice, but in Arkham Origins, they've given the job to Roger Craig Smith.

 

You might recognize the name. Smith has done some work as Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as the Resident Evil series's Chris Redfield. More recently, he's been the voice of Ezio from the Assassin's Creed series, so Batman might be kind of sexy this time around.

 

Just because The Incomparable Kevin Conroy isn't doing the Bat-Man, however, that doesn't mean he's out of the series's will. He apparently will be showing up in the game in some capacity, according to a Q&A at Dallas Comic-Com (via Batman-News.com), but what role? We'll find out one day!

 

As we all know, Mark Hamill has yet again stated that Arkham City was his last jaunt into Jokerdom, so it's safe to say that he won't be in Origins and we can be free to focus on Batman's brilliant other pantheon of villains--Oh wait, no, Joker's in there, since it's a prequel. Fortunately for Mark Hamill, though, they've found someone for a younger version of the role: Troy Baker.

 

Troy Baker is riding high on recent celebrity, thanks to his role as Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite, but he's one of voice acting's big names, playing around one hundred different game roles, including Yuri from Tales of Vesperia, one of the voice options for the main character in Saints Row: The Third, and my personal favorite, Kanji in Persona 4. He's on the credit cards to be playing Joel in the upcoming The Last of Us, if none of those got you interested.

 

If this news has reaffirmed (or at least hasn't diminished) your desire for the series, preordering from Amazon.com will score you a playable Deathstroke DLC thing. Since Batman has a showdown-throwdown with him during the recent trailer (seen below), he's obviously going to be in the game, but in what capacity, they're keeping close-to-the-vest. The site still doesn't really have information on what exactly it is, so if you're morally opposed to preorder bonuses, there's no reason to assume that this is worth violating your principles or anything. Otherwise, hey, go for it.

 

 

The current listed release date is October 25, 2013, for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and the PlayStation Vita.

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