Kevin Conroy Admits What He Found “Weird” About Christian Bale’s Batman


Kevin Conroy might be best known for playing tough guy Batman in various DC animated projects including the groundbreaking ‘Batman: The Animated Series’, but he’s actually a lovely and very professional guy.  Even so, fans managed to get him to say something not-so-nice about another Batman actor– Christian Bale.  It’s extremely rare for an actor playing a role that many others have played to compare themselves or critique another’s interpretation, but Conroy is a voice actor so he knows a thing or two about voices and he admits that he found Bale’s take “weird.”

While fielding fan questions at CMC London Comic Con, he reluctantly stated:

“It sounded weird!  What can I say? It sounded like he had laryngitis. But he does Bruce Wayne, my god, he nails Bruce Wayne. He’s a terrific actor. Did you see American Psycho? I mean, he’s a wonderful actor. But his voice was weird as Batman.”

Though the Christopher Nolan ‘Dark Knight’ movies were a big departure from what fans had seen before, they proved to be massive hits and Bale, for the most part, was praised for his performance.  BUT, if there is anything to criticize it IS that voice.  Conroy’s not wrong!

He was also asked for his take on the beleaguered Ben Affleck and he was similarly generous.

“Well, the one thing I will say about that, and I’m not going to get into commenting on actor’s performances.  I don’t know if you’re aware, you probably are, in the Twitterverse and on the Internet, there was a lot of criticism when he got cast. Saying ‘Oh my god! He’s going to be terrible!’ And I was telling people ‘Wait a minute! Give this guy a chance! He’s a good actor. Let’s see what he does with it, you know?’

“And I think he surprised a lot of people.  He really pulled it off. I thought he was really good. So I’m more in his court than a lot of people are, I guess. I think people gave him a hard time before they even saw what he would do with it. There’s a lot of pre-judging.”

In a separate, earlier interview, he diplomatically stated:

“I love seeing all the different takes.  I think some of them get Bruce Wayne more than they get Batman, and some of them get Batman more than they get Bruce Wayne. I think Ben Affleck has probably gotten the best balance of the two. He’s a really good Bruce Wayne and a really good Batman.”

What do you think?  Did you like Bale’s Batman voice?  Which live action Batman is your favorite?

Source: Cinema Blend

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.




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