A few weeks ago, we reported on a story that said Kevin Conroy — the iconic voice of Batman — would not be returning for Warner Bros. Montreal’s Batman: Arkham Origins. Given that the game featured a much younger Bruce Wayne, the decision made sense, but disappointed fans nonetheless.
Then, just yesterday, came news that Kevin Conroy would be voicing The Dark Knight once again, as confirmed by the voice actor at Dallas Comic-Con. There was much rejoicing…for about 24 hours, until new previews of Arkham Origins went live — previews that specifically mentioned Roger Craig Smith as the voice of Batman.
Now, where does all the confusion come from? Are both Conroy and Smith voicing Batman at different stages of the game, or is Conroy narrating? As it turns out, the true nature of Conroy’s proclamation is much juicier than that.
Conroy took to Twitter (for the first time ever) earlier today, to reveal he is voicing Batman for a “new Arkham Game coming soon, not Arkham Origins coming this fall.” Yes, in his first tweet ever Conroy confirmed another Arkham game is in development in addition to Arkham Origins and Blackgate.
Unfortunately for Conroy, he soon learned that his message was more of a reveal than a clarification, and so he promptly deleted the tweet. But as we know, once it’s on the Internet, it can never go away.
While Conroy’s tweet isn’t all that surprising given that Arkham City developer Rocksteady Studios has already teased their next Batman game, it’s still exciting nonetheless. Whether or not the game will stick to the rumored “Silver Age” storyline is unclear, but speculation that Arkham will become an annual franchise seems stronger than ever now.
So, although gamers will have to adjust to a new voice for Batman in Arkham Origins they won’t have to wait too long to hear Conroy’s gruff delivery again. Mark Hamill’s Joker may be gone, but the voice of Batman will live on.
What do you make of this news Ranters? What are your hopes for this unannounced Arkham game?
Batman: Arkham Origins releases October 25, 2013 for the PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U.