Thursday, September 03, 2009

Bale's Voice 'Over The Top' Says Conroy

BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT created a whole new legion of Bat-Fanatics, as two of the most 'true-to-print' comic adaptations in history. Now Kevin Conroy who has voiced Batman for over a decade in the likes of Arkham Asylum and Batman: The Animated Series has joined the calls of those who feel Bale's voice was a little too gruff for Bruce Wayne's alter ego.

“I thought Christian was excellent as Bruce Wayne, but I didn’t understand his choices there," Conroy told Wired "I thought it was over the top and distracted from his scenes as Batman. I’m not sure what they were going for there. But, what do I know?”

While Conroy's Batman is brilliant, I do prefer Bale's Caped Crusader. The 'voice' helped make fear a weapon of the Dark Knight, and separated the two into two different creatures no one would ever dare to think were one and the same. 55% of people in a recent MTV poll seem to agree, voting for Bale as their favourite Batman of all time. Conroy stole 27% of the responses to come second, ahead of Michael Keaton (11%) and Adam West (3%).

What do you think? Is Kevin right - was the voice to gruff? Was the poll skewed by the movies larger fanbase? Who is your favourite Batman? Let me know!


  1. I think Bale's voice as Bats is a little goofy, but when you realize its Bruce Wayne TRYING to be extra scary, it works.

    This Batmnan, of course, is still new at this. I'm sure by the 400th time he's arrested The Penguin, he drops the spooky voice bit.

  2. Good points Rob - me I kinda like it, more so in the Dark Knight. Like you say it helps seperate him and Bruce.