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May 18 2012

Batman: Everything Old Is New Again

The only thing wrong with this remade trailer for The Dark Knight Rises is that, by using footage from Batman: The Animated Series, it tells me what the movies have been lacking.

For some people, Batman will always be Adam West. For others, maybe George Clooney. For me, it’s Kevin Conroy the whole way. Batman shouldn’t have to whisper to sound like a badass.

Here is a side-by-side comparison of the two trailers.

Pretty impressive, really.

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  1. 1
    Skip White

    YESSSSSS Kevin Conroy! And while Heath Ledger was great as The Joker, there’s always been something rather creepy about Mark Hamill’s voicework.

  2. 2
    leftwingfox

    Yep. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill will always be my Batman and Joker. :)

  3. 3
    andrea

    funny how the animated one looks less like a Saturday morning ad for toys than the live action one. The 90s animated ones are vastly better than pretty much any other version of Batman. heck, even Batman Brave & Bold are.

  4. 4
    george.w

    I don’t know how exactly – I’ve seen just about every incarnation of Batman, but…

    For me, it’s Kevin Conroy the whole way.

    The animated series became the Batman gold standard for me. All the characters, actually. All the other reboots have to measure up to it now. Most don’t.

    I really did enjoy Bryan Cranston as Commissioner Gordon in Year One.

  5. 5
    Rory

    A great story from Kevin Conroy’s wikipedia page: “After the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City, Conroy participated in relief efforts by volunteering to do cooking duties for officers and firefighters. During an audio commentary on Batman: Gotham Knight Conroy expressed his surprise at the reaction of the emergency service workers to his presence. At the behest of another cook, Conroy called out from the kitchen to the dining area in his “Batman voice”, reciting a few lines, which were greeted by cheers and applause from emergency service personnel, many of whom had been fans of Batman: The Animated Series during its airing in the 1990s. Conroy confessed to being humbled and deeply flattered by the reaction.

  6. 6
    ACN

    Conroy and Hamill, not close.

    One of the reasons why I so enjoy the Arkham Asylum and Arham City games. They got the right voice acting :)

  7. 7
    WCLPeter

    While I’ve been a Batman fan for a while, starting with the old Adam West serial, I have to say I agree 100%. Kevin Conroy IS Batman.

    No one has come close since. No one.

    Even though I own Batman Begins and The Dark Knight already, I’d buy them again in a heartbeat if they released a new version with Kevin dubbing over Christian Bale’s voice. Because while they’re both great films, Heath Ledger was amazing – I don’t need Mark Hamil there, Christian’s horrible Batman voice really detracts from my enjoyment of the movies and it’d be nice to hear the “real” Batman.

  8. 8
    Improbable Joe, bearer of the Official SpokesGuitar

    THANK YOU!

    Kevin Conroy IS Batman, and the Paul Dini/Bruce Timm vision of Batman is one of the best versions ever. The Christian Bale/Christopher Nolan version Batman is stupid and childish by comparison… ironic that the cartoon presents a better idea than a live-action huge budget series of films.

  9. 9
    Selma20

    The Dark Knight kicks so much ass…who cares about those stupid cartoons

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