Roger Craig Smith on following Kevin Conroy’s iconic Batman in Arkham Origins
If you ask Batman fans who their favorite actor is for Batman, the odds are it’s going to be Kevin Conroy. He’s known for voicing Batman in the 90s animated series and in the Batman: Arkham games. I think he is hands down the best voice actor for the job. He’s able to portray both Bruce Wayne as a billionaire playboy and Batman as an intimidating being perfectly.
Many fans were disappointed to find out that Kevin Conroy would not be returning to voice the dark knight in the third Batman: Arkham game, Batman: Arkham Origins. That honor goes to voice actor Roger Craig Smith (Ezio from Assassin’s Creed series). Warner Bros. Interactive wanted to choose a younger actor to portray a more green Batman, since the game takes place before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum.
In an interview with Nerd Reactor (hey, that’s us), Smith talks about what it’s like to follow up on Kevin Conroy’s Batman and whether he was nervous or not.
“You know, I guess yes and no. I mean I definitely wasn’t approaching this from ‘I’m going to follow up on somebody’s performance.’ Both Troy [voice of Joker] and I kind of laughed, saying when we had gotten the calls and landed the roles, it was like one of those moments where you go, ‘Oh, sweet! I got this role!’ and then he went, ‘Oh, no, I got this role.’ You know? We’ve got work to do.'” Smith said.
He wanted to focus just on the job at hand, so nervousness has to be a non-issue.
“But when it came time to get to work on this, I wasn’t nervous about whether or not people were going to respond to my version in comparison to a previous actor’s at all. It didn’t weigh in on me when I was in the booth. That’s not something I want to burden myself with.”
He says that actors who portray Batman aren’t trying to tune in on other actors’ Batman performances.
“We were very aware that there are versions of Batman that people have come to accept as being Batman. But I don’t think George Clooney looked at Michael Keaton and said, ‘I need to do Keaton’s Batman and make sure that that’s completely similar. And I don’t think Christian Bale look at Clooney’s Batman and said, ‘I need to do Clooney’s Batman.'”
Batman: Arkham Origins will be available on the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC on October 25, 2013.