With a number of teases from WB Montreal hinting that a new Batman Arkham game could be coming our way very soon, it’s an exciting time to be a fan of the Caped Crusader. However, a recent interview with an iconic Batman voice actor seems to hint that the next entry in the acclaimed video game franchise will be making a huge omission.
Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman in Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Knight as well as Batman: The Animated Series, told JOE in a recent interview that he wouldn’t be part of the next entry in the series. Asking if Conroy would make an appearance, the voice-actor simply responded, “I’m not," following his reaction by stating, “I don’t know why."
This will surely be a disappointment to many fans of Conroy’s who see him as the definitive voice of the Caped Crusader. Not only has the actor portrayed the superhero since 1993, but he’s played the role in numerous different mediums, whether that be animation, video games, or his upcoming live-action stint in the CW universe. His work alongside fellow voice actor Mark Hamill has always conjured a lot of praise for the Arkham games, the pair granting the video game franchise with a seal of classic Batman authenticity.
However, Conroy’s absence from the next entry might provide a deeper insight into where WB Montreal’s newest Batman story could be heading. When the studio released Batman: Arkham Origins back in 2013, it elected to put Roger Craig Smith under the cowl as a younger Batman, setting the game a number of years before the events of Arkham Asylum. While it’s sad that Conroy won’t get to lend his vocal talents to the Dark Knight in the series’ next entry, it could be due to WB Montreal’s game being set after the events of Arkham Origins rather than the later games in the franchise.
If WB Montreal’s Twitter is anything to go by, we shouldn’t be waiting too long to find out what Batman’s next video game outing will look like. The developer has broadcast numerous overt teasers to its next project over the last few weeks, including a series of vague symbols to coincide with Batman’s 80th anniversary. The sequel has long been rumored to feature the Court Of Owl’s, an imposing secret society of villains that puppeteer Gotham from behind the scenes. Whatever the game turns out to be, there are already a lot of fans that are clambering to step back into the Dark Knight’s boots.
The new Batman game is rumored to be in development for unspecified platforms.