For the first time in the franchise, Batman: Arkham Origins will feature a new voice actor in the role of Bruce Wayne. Not to be outdone, the clown prince of crime will also have a new actor lending his laugh to the maniacal prankster.
Even though Kevin Conroy (the iconic voice of Batman in games and animation for decades) has revealed he'd be back for Arkham Origins, it now looks like it will be in a role other than the Dark Knight. According to Joystiq, Bruce Wayne will be voiced by one of the most famous assassins of all time, meaning unless the whole game is told in flashback by an older Batman, Conroy will be voicing someone entirely new for the latest sequel.
It's not all bad news though, as Craig Smith will be donning the cowl for Arkham Origins. You might remember his work as Ezio Auditore in Assassin's Creed or as Chris Redfield in Resident Evil. Smith won't be the only new voice behind a familiar character though, as the Joker will be getting a new set of pipes as well. Troy Baker, aka BioShock Infinite's Booker DeWitt, will return in this sequel, though albeit in a much more memorable role. Baker previously voiced both Robin and Two-Face in Batman: Arkham City, but will now turn his talents to the younger Joker in Origins.
How the two will fare when compared to one of the greatest voice acting duos (Conroy and Mark Hamill, previous voice of the Joker) of the last twenty years remains to be seen. That said, the bigger burden is definitely on WB Montreal to create a game that can live up to the impossibly high standards set by Rocksteady's first two Arkham games.
What do you think of the new voice actors? Will they be able to deliver?