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Batman Arkham Origins voice actor describes his ‘surreal’ experience

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When you think of Batman, most of the time you’ll probably have Kevin Conroy’s voice in your head. He’s the voice actor who has done pretty much the most audio work with the character through TV, film and games. For Arkham Origins though, the caped crusader is voiced by Roger Craig Smith, which was a surreal experience according to the vocalist behind Ezio Auditore.

"This is a great, tremendous opportunity, but this is scary," Smith said in an interview to Polygon. "It can be received and perceived many different ways.

And sometimes its a little fearful: you go in and do what you do behind a microphone, but a lot of people are responsible for creating these projects and the character and these games, so you don’t have a tremendous amount of control. You go into this going — I got this iconic role and I’m super fortunate to have this opportunity, but holy cow, I hope this goes well.

Part of the reason why this particular Batman game has a newer set of voice actors present, was because the game featured characters that were "younger versions of the characters seen in Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, and the team cast each role as they felt was appropriate."

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"It’s surreal," Smith said. "I’ve overused the word but it’s the truth. When I wake up in the morning, I see a dork looking back at me in the mirror.

And I’m Batman. I’d probably get arrested if people heard me trying to talk like Batman. It’s so much fun to be that close — to be in video games is a trick at any level, but then to be this iconic superhero character is just bizarre. If you told 13 year old me that I’d be doing, this I would be just laughing.

I’ve always dug the work that Smith has done in gaming. His performance in Assassin’s Creed was brilliant, and I like the fact that he does sound like a young, angry vigilante who gets closure over the death of his parents by punching several shades of brown out of criminals.

I’m still waiting to hear back from developer Warner Bros Montreal though. I auditioned for the main role a while ago, but they told they’d let me know if they needed a voice actor for Batgirl in the next game.

Last Updated: September 18, 2013

17 Comments

  1. Not true. When I think batman I think Adam West.

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    • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

      September 18, 2013 at 12:14

      When I think Batman, I think Ben Affleck! Trololol

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      • That Dark Twit

        September 18, 2013 at 12:23

        Win!

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  2. Jonah Cash

    September 18, 2013 at 12:16

    Wanted to find a image of “butt girl” to make fun of you and as I was typing it I stopped and thought about the images that would come up with google images…..
    But found this on a safer search: (It was a show in the 60’s apparently)

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    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      September 18, 2013 at 12:21

      I too like to live dangerously

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    • The Noble TiMsTeR

      September 18, 2013 at 12:44

      The purple is very nice 🙂

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      • Jonah Cash

        September 18, 2013 at 16:01

        These must be the worst Batman/Batgirl and Robin costumes ever!! Look at Robin’s tight little pants!!! And yes the purple is bad, it is Barney bad!!!

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  3. That Dark Twit

    September 18, 2013 at 12:24

    Must say, to be the voice behind the mask must be pretty incredible.

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    • Mark Treloar

      September 18, 2013 at 12:29

      Not if they made you wear this

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      • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

        September 18, 2013 at 12:34

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        • That Dark Twit

          September 18, 2013 at 12:42

          ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

        September 18, 2013 at 12:41

        The only time that Bat Nipples are acceptable…

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        • The Noble TiMsTeR

          September 18, 2013 at 12:44

          hmmmm 🙂

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  4. RincemySniperKittEH0-O

    September 18, 2013 at 12:32

    I’m sure you are still in their books Darryn, their black books, but books nonetheless…

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  5. The Noble TiMsTeR

    September 18, 2013 at 12:46

    I couldn’t help but post this

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    • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

      September 18, 2013 at 12:52

      Why so ponderous?

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    • Sageville

      September 18, 2013 at 15:57

      So….much….fabric….

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