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Kevin Conroy says Christian Bale's Batman voice isn't all his fault

04.20.2010

Kevin Conroy, the famous voice of Batman from the animated series, a number of animated films and Arkham Asylum was recently asked at last week's Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo what he thought about Christian Bale’s Batman voice.

The video below shows his response, which is pretty funny, but he actually does try to legitimately explain what’s going wrong with Bale’s interpretation. He does admit the voice is pretty awful, but maintains it’s not all Bale’s fault, and that everyone around him as at fault for letting him to do the voice in such a ridiculous fashion. I have always wondered why a genius like Nolan would let something so amateur slide in his films, but maybe he’s afraid of getting chewed out in an infamous Bale rant.

Check out the video below (via ScreenRant), and while we’re here, I’ll point you to another classic Bale-voice Batman video.

Extra Tidbit: I say just put Conroy in the suit in the next film and let Bale shoot all the Bruce Wayne scenes.
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9:23PM on 04/22/2010

Umm...

His voice for John Connor is basically identical, so someone should just tell him how ridiculous he sounds. Besides, his real voice is horrible too. He sounds like a pirate from Boston. Seriously, watch a Christian Bale interview.
His voice for John Connor is basically identical, so someone should just tell him how ridiculous he sounds. Besides, his real voice is horrible too. He sounds like a pirate from Boston. Seriously, watch a Christian Bale interview.
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8:19AM on 04/22/2010

Haha.

I love how people are saying Bales voice was Over the top. Yeah... because dressing up in a Bat suit isnt.

He doesnt just sound like that to cover his identity.. other wise the Bat suit idea is pretty stupid isnt it?

its about fear. And that voice is to put the fear into people.
I love how people are saying Bales voice was Over the top. Yeah... because dressing up in a Bat suit isnt.

He doesnt just sound like that to cover his identity.. other wise the Bat suit idea is pretty stupid isnt it?

its about fear. And that voice is to put the fear into people.
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10:44PM on 04/21/2010
The voice is pretty bad.
The voice is pretty bad.
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10:39PM on 04/21/2010
I don't know if anyone has pointed this out yet but I think the main reason Bales Bat voice is mostly from the mask. Look at the underside of the nose... no holes at all. It's like talking with a diving mask on...
I don't know if anyone has pointed this out yet but I think the main reason Bales Bat voice is mostly from the mask. Look at the underside of the nose... no holes at all. It's like talking with a diving mask on...
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4:10PM on 04/21/2010

this is the nitpick

to end all nitpicks. It's not the best, but I don't find it that distracting, IMO. With all due respect, Conroy is a talented voice actor - but of course he's going to make hay about this. He may be able to out voice act Bale, but I doubt he's got all of the qualities to out-act Bale in a detergent commercial, much less a feature film.
to end all nitpicks. It's not the best, but I don't find it that distracting, IMO. With all due respect, Conroy is a talented voice actor - but of course he's going to make hay about this. He may be able to out voice act Bale, but I doubt he's got all of the qualities to out-act Bale in a detergent commercial, much less a feature film.
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2:46PM on 04/21/2010

ahaha "in Bale we trust"

fucking dipshits good job jerkin off the idea of having him play Batman.. Bruce Wayne hes fine as Batman its just dumbstuck wtf??
fucking dipshits good job jerkin off the idea of having him play Batman.. Bruce Wayne hes fine as Batman its just dumbstuck wtf??
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4:11PM on 04/21/2010
wtf indeed. Next time, try being coherent, instead of splooging all over your keyboard.
wtf indeed. Next time, try being coherent, instead of splooging all over your keyboard.
12:50PM on 04/22/2010
What does that mean in English?
What does that mean in English?
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12:21PM on 04/21/2010

Conroy knows his shit. He has lived & breathed Batman for decades now.


Wait? So no one has ever prank called a friend and pretended to be someone else by changing the tone of your voice? It's easy to do, and if you do it right no one will even recognize you.

So are people here really dumb enough to think that the only way to disguise your voice is to talk with a grunting mushmouth? Come on. Really?

I'm sorry, but I have yet to meet anyone who didn't think Bale's voice was too over-the-top & campy. He was even more over-the-top than The Joker.

Wait? So no one has ever prank called a friend and pretended to be someone else by changing the tone of your voice? It's easy to do, and if you do it right no one will even recognize you.

So are people here really dumb enough to think that the only way to disguise your voice is to talk with a grunting mushmouth? Come on. Really?

I'm sorry, but I have yet to meet anyone who didn't think Bale's voice was too over-the-top & campy. He was even more over-the-top than The Joker.
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12:01PM on 04/21/2010

"Thank you for making my point."

I proved you wrong, idiot.
I proved you wrong, idiot.
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11:41AM on 04/21/2010

I love Conroy's work in BTAS...

... but this is still a kid's show at its core. There is no way Batman could keep his identity secret if the only thing he did was to lower his voice a little like he does.

Bale's interpretation is the first time I truly believed a superhero would not be recognized in real life.
... but this is still a kid's show at its core. There is no way Batman could keep his identity secret if the only thing he did was to lower his voice a little like he does.

Bale's interpretation is the first time I truly believed a superhero would not be recognized in real life.
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11:34AM on 04/21/2010
Hell, maybe Christian Bale should just be Patrick Bateman in the Batman suit. Next time he interrogates someone, he should just go off on an articulate tangent about a random artist from the 1980s at the end of which he buries the blade of an axe into the head of the perpetrator. Maybe then, people would stop bitching. :)
Hell, maybe Christian Bale should just be Patrick Bateman in the Batman suit. Next time he interrogates someone, he should just go off on an articulate tangent about a random artist from the 1980s at the end of which he buries the blade of an axe into the head of the perpetrator. Maybe then, people would stop bitching. :)
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9:09AM on 04/21/2010

Kevin Conroy has the best Batman voice

Just sayin...
Just sayin...
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4:46AM on 04/21/2010

I don't get it

I have never had a problem with his Batman voice. Nolan was obviously happy with it. Didn't they also apply post-processing to make it even more sinister? I am sure I heard that somewhere.
I have never had a problem with his Batman voice. Nolan was obviously happy with it. Didn't they also apply post-processing to make it even more sinister? I am sure I heard that somewhere.
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2:55AM on 04/21/2010

What the is problem?

I'm soooo sick of hearing about the voice. Bruce Wayne is a celebrity, he HAS to change his damn voice. And why wouldn't he opt for a more raspy, brooding voice? He's Batman, trying to instill some fucking fear. Get over it! Bale IS the best Batman we've seen yet.
I'm soooo sick of hearing about the voice. Bruce Wayne is a celebrity, he HAS to change his damn voice. And why wouldn't he opt for a more raspy, brooding voice? He's Batman, trying to instill some fucking fear. Get over it! Bale IS the best Batman we've seen yet.
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6:10AM on 04/21/2010
Yes indeedy!
Yes indeedy!
2:29AM on 04/21/2010
Bale's Batman was AMAZING in Batman Begins but just a tad overdone in TDK cause he lost the whisper element a little towards the end of TDK. In Begins he keeps a good raspy/whisper which makes sense, but in TDK he did the voice where as many scenes were too bright for it making it sound out of place. Batman Begins was a darker movie in lighting so Batman NEVER spoke in light so it was more believable and less laughable. TDK took away much of his goulish Ninja aspects which took away some of
Bale's Batman was AMAZING in Batman Begins but just a tad overdone in TDK cause he lost the whisper element a little towards the end of TDK. In Begins he keeps a good raspy/whisper which makes sense, but in TDK he did the voice where as many scenes were too bright for it making it sound out of place. Batman Begins was a darker movie in lighting so Batman NEVER spoke in light so it was more believable and less laughable. TDK took away much of his goulish Ninja aspects which took away some of the illusion of the voice being truly needed at such an excessively raspy level. Conroy made a point or two, but to flat out call it ridiculous didn't truly make sense in the fact he eliminated all other logical aspects to this query
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1:18AM on 04/21/2010

Picky Picky Picky

The voice worked for Louis Armstrong, and no one complained.
The voice worked for Louis Armstrong, and no one complained.
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12:52AM on 04/21/2010
Bale fanboys defending his lame ass Batman voice is like Twilight fangirls trying to explain why New Moon is a masterpiece of cinema.
Bale fanboys defending his lame ass Batman voice is like Twilight fangirls trying to explain why New Moon is a masterpiece of cinema.
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12:52PM on 04/22/2010
I love how any time someone is a fan and defends something, it's automatically pigeon holed as blind, fan boy praise. We enjoy his performance as both Bruce Wayne and Batman and think the voice works within the context of the story. Period. That's the end of it.
I love how any time someone is a fan and defends something, it's automatically pigeon holed as blind, fan boy praise. We enjoy his performance as both Bruce Wayne and Batman and think the voice works within the context of the story. Period. That's the end of it.
11:18PM on 04/20/2010

Meh.

I love Bales Batmans voice. If you heard that in the darkness - you'd shit yourself. Thats the point. Its the voice of fear.
I love Bales Batmans voice. If you heard that in the darkness - you'd shit yourself. Thats the point. Its the voice of fear.
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12:55AM on 04/21/2010
Yeah, shit yourself laughing is more like it.
Yeah, shit yourself laughing is more like it.
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11:02PM on 04/20/2010
His assertions are ridiculous and unfounded. If Christian Bale spoke as Bruce Wayne while in the Batman costume, how would those who know Bruce Wayne not know he is Batman? It was a necessary move and I think Bale pulls it off beautifully. It reminds me of the criticism Christopher Reeve got for making Clark Kent kind of a bumbling, clumsy, nervous kind of guy and those idiots didn't seem to realize that there is already the fact that Clark and Superman have the same face, let alone having the
His assertions are ridiculous and unfounded. If Christian Bale spoke as Bruce Wayne while in the Batman costume, how would those who know Bruce Wayne not know he is Batman? It was a necessary move and I think Bale pulls it off beautifully. It reminds me of the criticism Christopher Reeve got for making Clark Kent kind of a bumbling, clumsy, nervous kind of guy and those idiots didn't seem to realize that there is already the fact that Clark and Superman have the same face, let alone having the exact same personalities--that would have been utterly laughable.
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9:25PM on 04/20/2010

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"And it seems that it's only the Bale fanboys who keep spamming red on this topic instead of hitting "reply".

From here it looks like the Conroy fanboys have done that job pretty well. What can you do, they're pricks.
"And it seems that it's only the Bale fanboys who keep spamming red on this topic instead of hitting "reply".

From here it looks like the Conroy fanboys have done that job pretty well. What can you do, they're pricks.
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9:42PM on 04/20/2010
Thank you for making my point.
Thank you for making my point.
8:43PM on 04/20/2010
The distorted Batman voice actually makes sense. Bruce Wayne is a well-known person throughout Gotham & the world, if he used his normal voice his cover would be blown in no time. The voice also represents the double personality of the character, when Batman speaks he is the dark, menacing side of Bruce. I wish people would stop bitching about it.
The distorted Batman voice actually makes sense. Bruce Wayne is a well-known person throughout Gotham & the world, if he used his normal voice his cover would be blown in no time. The voice also represents the double personality of the character, when Batman speaks he is the dark, menacing side of Bruce. I wish people would stop bitching about it.
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9:08PM on 04/20/2010
Agree 100% about the reason for the voice. It's not meant to intimidate as much as it's meant to hide his voice. I mean, everyone who meets Spider-Man has got to know he's Tobey M... I mean Peter Parker. How could Mary Jane miss that voice in Spider-Man!!!
Agree 100% about the reason for the voice. It's not meant to intimidate as much as it's meant to hide his voice. I mean, everyone who meets Spider-Man has got to know he's Tobey M... I mean Peter Parker. How could Mary Jane miss that voice in Spider-Man!!!
9:40PM on 04/20/2010
We all know Batman's voice is supposed to be different from Bruce Wayne. But different does not mean over-the-top campy.

Kevin Conroy is a good example of using different voices for Wayne/Batman in a believable & realistic way.

Another good example is Liam Neeson in Darkman. He used two very different voices in that film.

Gary Oldman is another prime example. He changes his voice so dramatically from one role to the next that it is hard to even recognize him in some roles.

To say
We all know Batman's voice is supposed to be different from Bruce Wayne. But different does not mean over-the-top campy.

Kevin Conroy is a good example of using different voices for Wayne/Batman in a believable & realistic way.

Another good example is Liam Neeson in Darkman. He used two very different voices in that film.

Gary Oldman is another prime example. He changes his voice so dramatically from one role to the next that it is hard to even recognize him in some roles.

To say Bale's campy grunt is a legitimate disguise is laughable. Any good actor can disguise their voice without making an ass out of themselves like Bale did.
11:42PM on 04/20/2010
Kevin Conroy's voice does not change very much between Bruce and Batman. The Gary Oldman reference makes no sense either. Ya his voice changes from role to role in DIFFERENT movies. Bale is playing Batman and Bruce in one movie. Not like he is going to talk normal as Bruce and then alter his voice to an Irish accent while he is Batman. While Batman he would use a more threatening voice.
Kevin Conroy's voice does not change very much between Bruce and Batman. The Gary Oldman reference makes no sense either. Ya his voice changes from role to role in DIFFERENT movies. Bale is playing Batman and Bruce in one movie. Not like he is going to talk normal as Bruce and then alter his voice to an Irish accent while he is Batman. While Batman he would use a more threatening voice.
12:41AM on 04/21/2010
i too think it makes sense. they could have done it much differently though. sure, let him talked pissed off and serious. but not like he had a really bad sore throat.
i too think it makes sense. they could have done it much differently though. sure, let him talked pissed off and serious. but not like he had a really bad sore throat.
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8:38PM on 04/20/2010
Why are people still arguing over this? Seriously, bigger things happening in the world....
Why are people still arguing over this? Seriously, bigger things happening in the world....
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9:09PM on 04/20/2010
I agree with you, but to be fair, since there are "bigger things happening in the world," what are you doing online reading movie news and comments on Joblo. Food-for-thought!
I agree with you, but to be fair, since there are "bigger things happening in the world," what are you doing online reading movie news and comments on Joblo. Food-for-thought!
9:28AM on 04/21/2010
I needed some relief after reading up loads on the upcoming major Election we have here in the UK and this is the shit people are discussing.
I needed some relief after reading up loads on the upcoming major Election we have here in the UK and this is the shit people are discussing.
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8:18PM on 04/20/2010

To be honest...

I have no problem with Bale's Batman... He's the first real actor to really hit the nail on the head. He really has 3 roles to play; He plays the Bruce that everyone knows, a pompous rich jackass; The Bruce that only Rachel and Alfred know, this genuwine tormented soul; and then Batman, a scary larger than life hero... The only other actor to have come close was Keaton, but even he didn't really differentiate the characters well. Clooney and Kilmer didn't even come close in that aspect.
I have no problem with Bale's Batman... He's the first real actor to really hit the nail on the head. He really has 3 roles to play; He plays the Bruce that everyone knows, a pompous rich jackass; The Bruce that only Rachel and Alfred know, this genuwine tormented soul; and then Batman, a scary larger than life hero... The only other actor to have come close was Keaton, but even he didn't really differentiate the characters well. Clooney and Kilmer didn't even come close in that aspect.
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7:42PM on 04/20/2010

+1 Conroy

TDK is a great film. It really is. This is a film that had me completely immersed within the story from beginning to end.

Yes, Bale's voice did suck ass, but Batman didn't talk much, so Bale's voice was tolerable for the most part. Whenever he did talk I just repeated in my head "I'm ignoring this! I'm ignoring this! I'm ignoring this!". Then Batman would stop talking and I would get back to loving the movie.

Then the ending came. After an amazing climax we see the Joker face to face
TDK is a great film. It really is. This is a film that had me completely immersed within the story from beginning to end.

Yes, Bale's voice did suck ass, but Batman didn't talk much, so Bale's voice was tolerable for the most part. Whenever he did talk I just repeated in my head "I'm ignoring this! I'm ignoring this! I'm ignoring this!". Then Batman would stop talking and I would get back to loving the movie.

Then the ending came. After an amazing climax we see the Joker face to face with Batman. The Joker delivers an amazing monologue, with dialog that Quentin Tarantino would have been proud of. Ledger delivers this to perfection, foreshadowing the entire relationship between Batman & Joker. Brilliant.
...Buuuut...
Then the movie cuts to Batman, and I start to panic. I kept thinking "Don't do it. Do not open your goddamn mouth... Do not ruin this scene. Do not take this from me! DON'T YOU FUCKING DO IT!", and then Bale opens his mouth. He precedes to vomit out his stupid fucking voice and completely ruins this poignant moment. His incredibly campy & cartoonish grunt of a voice destroys this entire scene. He rapes what should have been the greatest scene in comic book movie history.

I couldn't tell if I wanted to laugh at Bale's impossibly ridiculous voice, or cry over what could have been. But then the movie moves on...

And then Bale does it AGAIN with Two Face's great scene!

FUCK YOU BALE!
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6:39PM on 04/20/2010

idiots

Did I just read someone trying to diss Bale as a bad actor below..please dude learn the acting game few actors have solid movies like bale Power dude who yoru favorite actor of all time freaken Aston Kucther..Bale sucks yeah sure. loser...movie made a billion dollors he's not going anywhere..
Did I just read someone trying to diss Bale as a bad actor below..please dude learn the acting game few actors have solid movies like bale Power dude who yoru favorite actor of all time freaken Aston Kucther..Bale sucks yeah sure. loser...movie made a billion dollors he's not going anywhere..
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6:07PM on 04/20/2010
I'm in the camp that there is nothing wrong with Bale's Batman voice. Talking that way makes logical sense. He needs to disguise his voice since Bruce is famous. As much as I love Keaton, Bale is by far the best Batman. Also as much as I loved TDK, I get annoyed with people that bitch about Bales voice and people that laugh at the scenes with the Joker that weren't suppose to be funny but rather sadistic. But all I can say is the voice didn't bother me sorry if it bothered everyone else.
I'm in the camp that there is nothing wrong with Bale's Batman voice. Talking that way makes logical sense. He needs to disguise his voice since Bruce is famous. As much as I love Keaton, Bale is by far the best Batman. Also as much as I loved TDK, I get annoyed with people that bitch about Bales voice and people that laugh at the scenes with the Joker that weren't suppose to be funny but rather sadistic. But all I can say is the voice didn't bother me sorry if it bothered everyone else.
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5:30PM on 04/20/2010

HARSH AND GRATING AN ANGERED WISPER

That is how BATMAN'S voice is described in the comics. BALE'S batman is a feral beast unleased on the gotham underworld and his voice reflect's that.
That is how BATMAN'S voice is described in the comics. BALE'S batman is a feral beast unleased on the gotham underworld and his voice reflect's that.
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5:34PM on 04/20/2010
Bale's voice certainly isn't an "angered whisper'. More like a loud mumbling grunt.
Bale's voice certainly isn't an "angered whisper'. More like a loud mumbling grunt.
5:49PM on 04/20/2010
But it is HARSH AND GRATING ya gotta give me that.
But it is HARSH AND GRATING ya gotta give me that.
5:20PM on 04/20/2010

Almost makes me laugh......

Bale's voice as Batman really sucks, he sounds like such a jackass when he talks. In Batman Begins he sounds worse, but I think he's a little better in the Dark Knight. Perhaps in Batman 3 he'll find the right mark.

Still like Kevin Conroy's interpretation, the recent video game Arkham Asylum displays this for sure.
Bale's voice as Batman really sucks, he sounds like such a jackass when he talks. In Batman Begins he sounds worse, but I think he's a little better in the Dark Knight. Perhaps in Batman 3 he'll find the right mark.

Still like Kevin Conroy's interpretation, the recent video game Arkham Asylum displays this for sure.
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5:09PM on 04/20/2010

Conroy hit the nail on the head.

Bale tried so hard to make his Batman unique that he just went full retard with it.

I accept his voice now because it's all we got. It's either that or nothing. But Bale's voice will be the next Bat-nipples once a better actor takes the role.
Bale tried so hard to make his Batman unique that he just went full retard with it.

I accept his voice now because it's all we got. It's either that or nothing. But Bale's voice will be the next Bat-nipples once a better actor takes the role.
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5:22PM on 04/20/2010
"You went full retard, man. Never go full retard." - Blackface, Tropic Thunder.
"You went full retard, man. Never go full retard." - Blackface, Tropic Thunder.
5:07PM on 04/20/2010
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5:02PM on 04/20/2010
Like I said, the voice is part of who Batman is. Bale sucks at it. There for, he sucks as Batman. What's not to understand about that? Behind the mask, all he has to act that is unique to just him is his voice. And he sucks with his voice. Do I really think Conroy should voice Batman? No. But he's hardly doing it to gain followers. He's the best Batman period. He is Bruce Wayne & Batman. Period.

No one is arguing that Bale shouldn't use a second voice when he's sucking as Batman. We're just
Like I said, the voice is part of who Batman is. Bale sucks at it. There for, he sucks as Batman. What's not to understand about that? Behind the mask, all he has to act that is unique to just him is his voice. And he sucks with his voice. Do I really think Conroy should voice Batman? No. But he's hardly doing it to gain followers. He's the best Batman period. He is Bruce Wayne & Batman. Period.

No one is arguing that Bale shouldn't use a second voice when he's sucking as Batman. We're just saying he sucks horribly beyond belief when he's doing it. If he's so good at acting, he shouldn't have a problem masking his voice and doing a good job at it.
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4:53PM on 04/20/2010
Conroy is so right. Really, Bale's voice is the only annoying and ridiculous thing about Nolan's version. But that's alright... we'll hear the real Batman soon in Arkham Asylum 2.

You know, the thing I always wondered is this: with all the tecnnology available in Nolan's Batman, wouldn't that been better to have just Batman have some kind of chip in his suit, located around his throat, simply modifying the voice? Why have Bale force it like this. Will never get it.
Conroy is so right. Really, Bale's voice is the only annoying and ridiculous thing about Nolan's version. But that's alright... we'll hear the real Batman soon in Arkham Asylum 2.

You know, the thing I always wondered is this: with all the tecnnology available in Nolan's Batman, wouldn't that been better to have just Batman have some kind of chip in his suit, located around his throat, simply modifying the voice? Why have Bale force it like this. Will never get it.
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4:53PM on 04/20/2010

heh

Bale's Batman voice was bad. I understand how difficult these can be to pull off but that doesn't make it any less bad. His speech at the end of TDK was the the most unintentional laugh out loud moment in the whole movie.

Now i love me some Conroy Batman voice but that's cause i grew up on that cartoon, as did many other ppl who feel the same way. I think the main difference though is that i'm not judging Bales voice as a comparison to Conroy's i just think it was plain bad.

But the real
Bale's Batman voice was bad. I understand how difficult these can be to pull off but that doesn't make it any less bad. His speech at the end of TDK was the the most unintentional laugh out loud moment in the whole movie.

Now i love me some Conroy Batman voice but that's cause i grew up on that cartoon, as did many other ppl who feel the same way. I think the main difference though is that i'm not judging Bales voice as a comparison to Conroy's i just think it was plain bad.

But the real difference is that in the cartoon the "Batman" voice was Batman's/Bruce Waynes real voice while his "Bruce" voice was the imitation. Now you can't really pull that off in the movie cause eveyone already knows waht Bale sounds like.

But even still Bale's voice was just horrid, sry but it's true.
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4:52PM on 04/20/2010
What's this? Kevin Conroy gave his honest opinion on a topic of which he was asked? why the cocky bastard, personally I've never had a problem with the Bale voice, but dear lord the man's allowed an opinion
What's this? Kevin Conroy gave his honest opinion on a topic of which he was asked? why the cocky bastard, personally I've never had a problem with the Bale voice, but dear lord the man's allowed an opinion
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4:31PM on 04/20/2010

Bale's Batman sounds like Assy McGee!

Bale's Batman voice is anything but intimidating. His voice is one of the most unintentionally hilarious things to happen to cinema since Ed Wood.

Batman's voice should be dark, strong, & command authority. Bale completely missed the boat with his silly little Assy McGee voice.
Bale's Batman voice is anything but intimidating. His voice is one of the most unintentionally hilarious things to happen to cinema since Ed Wood.

Batman's voice should be dark, strong, & command authority. Bale completely missed the boat with his silly little Assy McGee voice.
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4:25PM on 04/20/2010

WHATEVER ...

... more Batman 3 news, less spilt milk talk ...
... more Batman 3 news, less spilt milk talk ...
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4:03PM on 04/20/2010

Don't see an issue

I don't hate Bale's Batman voice, I can still understand what he's saying and it seems like he's becoming more and more of a separate psyche so his voice reflects that.
I don't hate Bale's Batman voice, I can still understand what he's saying and it seems like he's becoming more and more of a separate psyche so his voice reflects that.
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3:49PM on 04/20/2010
aww, I feel kind of bad that Bale's Batman voice is so universally ridiculed. Maybe it's not perfect but it's the funnest one to do impressions of.
aww, I feel kind of bad that Bale's Batman voice is so universally ridiculed. Maybe it's not perfect but it's the funnest one to do impressions of.
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3:46PM on 04/20/2010

"Like this fella could really exist."

Funny, that's exactly how I reacted to Bale's interpretation. Keaton was too one dimensional and reserved.

Btw, it's hilarious with these Conroy fanboys sitting in front of their computers, giving thumbs down to every comment where Bale is preferred.
Funny, that's exactly how I reacted to Bale's interpretation. Keaton was too one dimensional and reserved.

Btw, it's hilarious with these Conroy fanboys sitting in front of their computers, giving thumbs down to every comment where Bale is preferred.
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4:18PM on 04/20/2010
I agree. Bunch of nerds can't even give a real argument, they just hit the thumbs down.
I agree. Bunch of nerds can't even give a real argument, they just hit the thumbs down.
4:34PM on 04/20/2010
Oh, it's not just Conroy fans who think Bale's voice is utterly stupid.

But it's only Bale fanboys who think otherwise. And it seems that it's only the Bale fanboys who keep spamming red on this topic instead of hitting "reply".
Oh, it's not just Conroy fans who think Bale's voice is utterly stupid.

But it's only Bale fanboys who think otherwise. And it seems that it's only the Bale fanboys who keep spamming red on this topic instead of hitting "reply".
3:41PM on 04/20/2010
For the people saying: They should have used Conroy's voice for Batman and Bale as Bruce. Uh... are you just plain moronic or are you being sarcastic? That would have been insanely ridiculous.

Bale is this generations Batman, get over it.
For the people saying: They should have used Conroy's voice for Batman and Bale as Bruce. Uh... are you just plain moronic or are you being sarcastic? That would have been insanely ridiculous.

Bale is this generations Batman, get over it.
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4:48PM on 04/20/2010
Doesn't mean his batman voice isn't rediculous
Doesn't mean his batman voice isn't rediculous
3:36PM on 04/20/2010
It's lame that this argument is still going on, but I'll give my two cents on it anyway. Bale's Batman voice is SUPPOSED to sound insane and completely different than Bruce Wayne's voice. Nolan's films are based in reality. In the Batman Universe, Wayne is a bigger celebrity than Tom Cruise or Will Smith. If Will Smith put on a bat suit and started fighting crime using his regular voice, everyone would say, "Oh hey, that's Will Smith dressed as a bat fighting crime." But if he sounded BATSHIT
It's lame that this argument is still going on, but I'll give my two cents on it anyway. Bale's Batman voice is SUPPOSED to sound insane and completely different than Bruce Wayne's voice. Nolan's films are based in reality. In the Batman Universe, Wayne is a bigger celebrity than Tom Cruise or Will Smith. If Will Smith put on a bat suit and started fighting crime using his regular voice, everyone would say, "Oh hey, that's Will Smith dressed as a bat fighting crime." But if he sounded BATSHIT crazy, like a feral animal or something, people wouldn't be able to tell.

Nolan is a smart dude. He wouldn't cower before Bale over something silly like this. Nolan clearly felt it was necessary for Batman's voice to sound crazy and completely unrecognizable. And in my opinion, it works. He sounds like a crazed maniac, which is exactly the point. He uses fear against his enemies.
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4:03PM on 04/20/2010
EXACTLY! The first time I saw Batman Begins I thought he would be using some sort of device to change his voice so people wouldn't recognize him.
EXACTLY! The first time I saw Batman Begins I thought he would be using some sort of device to change his voice so people wouldn't recognize him.
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3:27PM on 04/20/2010
lol. i like bales gravelly batman voice. its wtf.
lol. i like bales gravelly batman voice. its wtf.
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3:20PM on 04/20/2010

But...

...years from now, the thing people will remember most about Nolan's films is Ledger's Joker; Bale was a pretty unmemorable Batman, and even so, his Batvoice isn't Clooney/Kilmer Batsuit Nipples bad.

Keaton is my personal favorite Batman-he seemed the most genuine. Like this fella could really exist.
...years from now, the thing people will remember most about Nolan's films is Ledger's Joker; Bale was a pretty unmemorable Batman, and even so, his Batvoice isn't Clooney/Kilmer Batsuit Nipples bad.

Keaton is my personal favorite Batman-he seemed the most genuine. Like this fella could really exist.
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3:15PM on 04/20/2010

I agree, No Fun

I would rather batman have an intimidating deep voice thats different than his bruce wayne voice. anyone remember adam west or val kilmer? same voice for both personas = lame batman.
I would rather batman have an intimidating deep voice thats different than his bruce wayne voice. anyone remember adam west or val kilmer? same voice for both personas = lame batman.
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3:14PM on 04/20/2010

I agree, No Fun

I would rather batman have an intimidating deep voice thats different than his bruce wayne voice. anyone remember adam west or val kilmer? same voice for both personas = lame batman.
I would rather batman have an intimidating deep voice thats different than his bruce wayne voice. anyone remember adam west or val kilmer? same voice for both personas = lame batman.
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3:03PM on 04/20/2010
I don't get this problem with his voice, the idea is that he puts on the voice as Batman to cover up the fact he's Bruce Wayne, which to me makes sense. What the fuck am I missing?
I don't get this problem with his voice, the idea is that he puts on the voice as Batman to cover up the fact he's Bruce Wayne, which to me makes sense. What the fuck am I missing?
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4:46PM on 04/20/2010
That i sounded rediculous? No one that i know of is arguing that there shouldn't have been a second voice but that it turned out to be rediculous.
That i sounded rediculous? No one that i know of is arguing that there shouldn't have been a second voice but that it turned out to be rediculous.
3:01PM on 04/20/2010
So people bitch and moan about the debate about Star Wars, but this they get on board with? I like Conroy and I love his variation of Batman, but he's pretty much being a cocky prick.

Conroy is a voice actor, he's trained to do voices, he barely knows what REAL acting is. It's Bale's method, it's his version. Just because it's not his, doesn't mean it's inferior.

Conroy is just egging fans on to garner followers. And it seems to be working. It's too bad no one had the brains to challenge
So people bitch and moan about the debate about Star Wars, but this they get on board with? I like Conroy and I love his variation of Batman, but he's pretty much being a cocky prick.

Conroy is a voice actor, he's trained to do voices, he barely knows what REAL acting is. It's Bale's method, it's his version. Just because it's not his, doesn't mean it's inferior.

Conroy is just egging fans on to garner followers. And it seems to be working. It's too bad no one had the brains to challenge that opinion.

In my eyes Bale is perfection as Batman and as Bruce Wayne and the movies were amazing. I hope he continues being Batman and Bruce for the duration.
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5:07PM on 04/20/2010
Conroy doesn't need to do anything to gain followers. He's the definitive voice of Bruce Wayne and Batman and for good reason. He gets his followers that way.

And he does have training as a real actor. But you really just shot your own argument down. When you’re acting behind just a microphone or just a mask. You're voice is all you have, it's the only unique thing about your performance. And Bale's sucks donkey penis.
Conroy doesn't need to do anything to gain followers. He's the definitive voice of Bruce Wayne and Batman and for good reason. He gets his followers that way.

And he does have training as a real actor. But you really just shot your own argument down. When you’re acting behind just a microphone or just a mask. You're voice is all you have, it's the only unique thing about your performance. And Bale's sucks donkey penis.
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2:57PM on 04/20/2010

So...

Kevin Conroy comes out and complains about Bale's Batman voice. Imagine if Bale would've used Conroy's Batman voice in both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. And I mean literally, try to imagine that in the context of those two films and Nolan's direction.

It would've sound pretentious. It would've been silly as hell.
Kevin Conroy comes out and complains about Bale's Batman voice. Imagine if Bale would've used Conroy's Batman voice in both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. And I mean literally, try to imagine that in the context of those two films and Nolan's direction.

It would've sound pretentious. It would've been silly as hell.
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2:55PM on 04/20/2010
speaking of how awesome Conroy is, why the hell isn't he the voice of Wayne/Batman in the new DC animated movie Under the Red Hood?
speaking of how awesome Conroy is, why the hell isn't he the voice of Wayne/Batman in the new DC animated movie Under the Red Hood?
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2:50PM on 04/20/2010
kevin conroy will always be MY Batman, the one I grew up with. Even though the Burton film preceded it, it was Conroy's voice that I heard every afternoon after school, and his voice I hear everytime I read a Batman comic book
kevin conroy will always be MY Batman, the one I grew up with. Even though the Burton film preceded it, it was Conroy's voice that I heard every afternoon after school, and his voice I hear everytime I read a Batman comic book
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2:30PM on 04/20/2010

The REAL Batman speaks the truth!

Bales Voice is beyond ridiculous. At first, with Begins, I was like WTF? Is this a joke? But then I held out hope that Bale would wise up for TDK. No such luck. Not only did he use the same stupid voice, he gave it much more emphasis!

TDK is a fantastic movie, but Bale's voice really drags the film down. It ruins the drama.
Bales Voice is beyond ridiculous. At first, with Begins, I was like WTF? Is this a joke? But then I held out hope that Bale would wise up for TDK. No such luck. Not only did he use the same stupid voice, he gave it much more emphasis!

TDK is a fantastic movie, but Bale's voice really drags the film down. It ruins the drama.
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2:27PM on 04/20/2010
I love Kevin Conroy's Batman-voice as much as the next guy, but in all fairness, it wouldn't have worked in a movie. Animations, videogames, yes...but on the big screen, not so much. Again, I absolutely LOVE Conroy's Batman-voice. And yeah, Bale's voice was awesome as Batman in Batman Begins but it got pushed too far in TDK...big deal! At least it made him sound menacing. Unlike all previous Batmans (well, maybe except Keaton), Bale actually didn't look or sound ridiculous in that suit. The
I love Kevin Conroy's Batman-voice as much as the next guy, but in all fairness, it wouldn't have worked in a movie. Animations, videogames, yes...but on the big screen, not so much. Again, I absolutely LOVE Conroy's Batman-voice. And yeah, Bale's voice was awesome as Batman in Batman Begins but it got pushed too far in TDK...big deal! At least it made him sound menacing. Unlike all previous Batmans (well, maybe except Keaton), Bale actually didn't look or sound ridiculous in that suit. The voice doesn't bother me that much. Sometimes not at all.
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2:16PM on 04/20/2010
The Batman voice is a logical approach to masking Wayne's identity.

I'll admit he sounds a little vocally worn out in some spots, but I would bet it's the result of long days of doing nothing but the Batman voice. That can't be easy.
The Batman voice is a logical approach to masking Wayne's identity.

I'll admit he sounds a little vocally worn out in some spots, but I would bet it's the result of long days of doing nothing but the Batman voice. That can't be easy.
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2:15PM on 04/20/2010

that voice!

Personally, I think the voice is not that bad overall, but there are just some scenes where it is like "HOLY CRAP THAT IS RIDICULOUS!"
Personally, I think the voice is not that bad overall, but there are just some scenes where it is like "HOLY CRAP THAT IS RIDICULOUS!"
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2:10PM on 04/20/2010

Sepultura

If Sepultura ever needs a new frontman, Christian's their guy.
If Sepultura ever needs a new frontman, Christian's their guy.
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2:07PM on 04/20/2010
Never bothered me
Never bothered me
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1:59PM on 04/20/2010
Am I the only one who thinks the voice is NOT ridiculous ?
I remember coming out of Batman Begins, and we all agreed it was interesting and it made Batman sound more menacing.
Am I the only one who thinks the voice is NOT ridiculous ?
I remember coming out of Batman Begins, and we all agreed it was interesting and it made Batman sound more menacing.
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1:51PM on 04/20/2010

This is getting old.

So why is making fun of Bale's batman voice the cool thing to do still? Seriously, what would you want him to sound like? Remember, the guy is masking his accent the entire movie which is hard enough to do, then he has to go about and create a second voice for his batman character.

Would anyone enjoy the 2 Nolan films as much if Batman had sounded less over the top?

Also, remember that Nolan is the director, it was him who gave the final word on the voice. I don't think it does any harm
So why is making fun of Bale's batman voice the cool thing to do still? Seriously, what would you want him to sound like? Remember, the guy is masking his accent the entire movie which is hard enough to do, then he has to go about and create a second voice for his batman character.

Would anyone enjoy the 2 Nolan films as much if Batman had sounded less over the top?

Also, remember that Nolan is the director, it was him who gave the final word on the voice. I don't think it does any harm to the films and neither does he.
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1:50PM on 04/20/2010
Psh. Whatever, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight were both amazing movies. Who cares or is it really a big deal if the voice is a little different or "off"?

By the way powerbomb1411, what are you smoking? Christian Bale is the best Batman behind Michael Keaton. The worst Batman was George Clooney, but Clooney did make a great Bruce Wayne.
Psh. Whatever, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight were both amazing movies. Who cares or is it really a big deal if the voice is a little different or "off"?

By the way powerbomb1411, what are you smoking? Christian Bale is the best Batman behind Michael Keaton. The worst Batman was George Clooney, but Clooney did make a great Bruce Wayne.
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1:40PM on 04/20/2010
I've been saying that for a while. The voice is part of Batman. Christian Bale is a horrible Batman, quite possibly the worse. Saying he is a great Batman is like saying any stuntman that has played Jason is a great actor. Now as Bruce Wayne, Bale does a very good job.
I've been saying that for a while. The voice is part of Batman. Christian Bale is a horrible Batman, quite possibly the worse. Saying he is a great Batman is like saying any stuntman that has played Jason is a great actor. Now as Bruce Wayne, Bale does a very good job.
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3:07PM on 04/20/2010
Are you high? He's great as Batman.
Are you high? He's great as Batman.
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